Wed, 14 Apr 2021 | ADMINISTRATION
Administrators have been called in following the collapse of London-based flight consolidator Emerald Global and are working to realise the sale of several of the business' assets.
The global travel specialist, which also traded as People's Travel, has announced that Neil Gostelow and Steve Absolom of KPMG have bee appointed as administrators after the business folded.
Emerald Global was founded in 1980 and was a family-owned business that specialised in providing tailormade independent travel opportunities and group holidays around the world.
The company sold flights on behalf of 75 airlines and ran a direct-to-consumer business based around a flagship store in Baker Street. In addition, it ran a travel management platform, which provided business travel to corporates under the brand Emerald TMC.
The firm is also a major shareholder in Malaysian subsidiary Emerald Global Services. Ahead of the company's collapse, joint administrators completed the sale of Emerald Global's flight consolidation business and shares in the Malaysian side of the business to AERTiCKET Emerald UK, part of one of the largest independent airline ticket wholesalers on the continent.
Commenting on the announcement, Gostelow stated that the firm's struggles have been a direct result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the international travel sector.
"The continued uncertainty in the sector’s recovery has ultimately led to administration for this long-standing family-owned business, which prior to the pandemic had a loyal and fast-growing customer base," he said.
Absolom added that KPMG's immediate priority is to assist employees while beginning the search for interested buyers. "We are also seeking to realise the assets of the direct-to-consumer and corporate travel management businesses and encourage any interested parties to contact us at the earliest opportunity," he said.
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