Finlay Skiing Holidays cease trading
Finlays have unfortunately ceased trading after many years of offering good value chalet holidays in La Plagne (Les Coches), Courchevel and Val d’Isere. We understand that they ceased trading on 16 April 2010 and the CAA arranged repatriation of those skiers who were still on holiday with Finlays. This would of course have been complicated by the fallout from the Icelandic volcano: see our separate story on travelling home from La Plagne on 17 April.
Finlays have published the following statement:
“After 28 years of operation Finlays Skiing Holidays has ceased trading. Two factors have largely been the cause – the economic situation over the past two years plus the exchange rate Sterling to Euro.
We would like to thank all guests for their loyal support over the years.
We were a fully bonded tour operator – everybody who booked a ski holiday with us was fully financially protected. Fliers under the ATOL (Air Travel Organisers Licence) scheme, whilst those who travelled by train and by car were protected by bond through AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators ). If you had a forward booking with us you may be able to claim a refund of the monies you paid. For full details see our Financial Security page.”
This of course demonstrates the value of booking with a fully bonded operator – it might not protect you from them going bust but at least you should get your money back.
We wish all those who are part of the Finlays team our sympathy in what must be a very awkward time.