After 37 years in business, Conquest Vacations announced today that is has ceased “its tour operations effective immediately.” The announcement, posted on Conquest’s web site, directs consumers who have paid with cash or cheque to contact their travel agent for assistance in getting a refund or making a claim. Those who booked with a credit card are told to contact their credit card company and those who booked direct are told to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a booking reference number. The tour operator says it “regrets the inconvenience caused to passengers due to cessation of its operations,” and blames “overcapacity and price war among the major tour operators, unrealistic and unreasonable demands by the credit card processing companies, credit squeeze and economic turmoil in recent months…”
Conquest Vacations was a Canadian tour operators that pioneered cheap travel options for Canadians since 1972. Conquest was an independent operator not linked to major corporations or airlines.