Online holiday company Selfcatering.ie goes bust
Thousands of families may lose out on pre-paid holidays after the online booking agent Selfcatering.ie went out of business.
The company, which offered holidaymakers thousands of self-catered locations across Ireland, sent automated emails last night stating: "It is with deep regret that after 14 years in business, Selfcatering.ie announces that it has ceased trading with immediate effect."
It continued: "Please appreciate that this was a last resort with every effort made by the company to prevent this situation, and it is with deep regret the company has ceased trading."
It's understood the firm, based at Rosslare Harbour in Co Wexford, had already taken payment for holidays in the future and it's unlikely that these bookings will be honoured or that full refunds will be given.
The site advised suppliers that a creditors' meeting will be held and told customers: "We would advise you to contact the relevant property owners or caretakers directly so that a solution might be arranged regarding your holiday."
The business, one of the biggest players in the online self-catering sector, is owned by Power Holiday Homes Management Ltd in Rosslare.
Thousands of tourists taking holidays in the busiest month of the year and property owners will be hit.
One holiday home owner in Co Kerry said: "Customers will have paid for their holidays in full but the property owners won't see a cent of that and can't be expected to honour those bookings."