April 1, 1995 in Nation/World

Tour Operator Goes Out Of Business, Stranding 2,000 Travelers

Associated Press

A tour operator that sold package trips went out of business Friday, stranding 2,000 travelers in the Caribbean and Mexico and disrupting the vacation plans of thousands of others.

Club America Vacations shut down operations because of financial losses it sustained trying to rebook charter flights on its main carrier, Private Jet. The Atlanta-based airline went out of business two weeks ago.

The Atlanta-based tour company sold package trips to the Caribbean and Mexico from Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Washington and other cities.

About 2,000 travelers were stranded in hotels in Mexico, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Aruba that Club America had made arrangements to pay for.

The company was scrambling to get them flights home as soon as possible, said Club America attorney Robert Proctor.

The Club America shutdown also affected 9,000 people who had booked trips as of Wednesday.

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