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Orbis Travel files for bankruptcy

KRAKOW TOURS– Poland’s oldest travel bureau Orbis Travel (or PBP Orbis), currently owned by Enterprise Investors fund, filed for bankruptcy yesterday after Enterprise refused to grant the company a capital injection.

“The immediate cause of this situation is the fact that the majority shareholder, Enterprise Investors, decided it could not continue to provide funding for PBP Orbis and informed the management board of this on 14 September,” reads a statement by the company.

The company cancelled all tourist events previously planned and declared that the insurance policy for some 6 million zlotys will cover all expenses connected with return of 1,049 Orbis Travel clients from abroad.

Founded in Lviv in 1920, Orbis Travel was one of Poland’s biggest travel agencies, servicing more than a million clients annually.
In March 2010 PBP Orbis was sold by Orbis SA to Central European Tour Operator (owned by Enterprise Investors fund).

Orbis SA, listed hotel operator, has identified 13.64 million zlotys in potential risks related to the motion for insolvency filed by its former unit, to which Orbis had granted a 7.64 million zlotys loan and a 6 million zlotys guarantee, the firm warned in a market filing.

Orbis terminated a license agreement on the use of Orbis Travel brand by the former unit immediately after obtaining information about the insolvency motion, the firm also said.

Krakow Tours has heard that whilst an insurance policy will cover those tourists stranded abroad, and vouchers issued by Orbis offices will be honoured whilst on holiday, the many hundreds of customers who have made, and paid for, trips whilst touring in Poland via the internet, will lose their money and their bookings.

September 30, 2010 Posted by | Krakow Travel Advice, News, Tour Information | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Survivor of Auschwitz and Family Stirs Controversy in Poland

KRAKOW TOURS – Adolek Kohn, an 89-year-old survivor of the Holocaust, has stirred up quite a controversy by dancing on what could have been his grave.

In a video (see below) that had become quite popular on YouTube, the Australian grandfather is shown dancing to Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” with his daughter and grandchildren in several former Nazi concentration camps in Poland and Germany, including Auschwitz.

September 30, 2010 Posted by | News, Tour Information | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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