Canada’s Conquest Vacations Dies: Any Tourists Stranded In Barbados?

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After 37 years of sending cold Canadians to Barbados, one of Canada’s oldest travel companies has called it quits. Conquest Vacations says they will not strand any travelers — but reality often eclipses media releases. Although Conquest only represents 7% of the Canadian vacation package industry, its failing is an important indicator of reality.

Whatever happens, even if Barbados hotels and tour operators are not paid — we hope they have enough sense, compassion and intuition to keep all the cold Canadians warm and happy. Give them fond memories of Barbados and how we came together to show the kind of people we truly are.

Hug a Canadian tourist today!

Further Reading

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11 responses to “Canada’s Conquest Vacations Dies: Any Tourists Stranded In Barbados?

  1. Artful Dodger

    Conquest Vacations, almost exclusively, sold vacations to Spanaish speaking destinations such as Mexican resorts areas such as The Mayan Riviera, Cancun, Manzanillo, Dominican Republic, Cuba, etc. I’m not even sure if they did Barbados at all.

  2. Missing Home

    I don’t know if they still sold vacations home but they did in the 90’s for sure.

  3. Cliverton Not Signed In

    I forgot to mention “Thanks to our friend Hants for the tip.”

  4. Ottawa Canada

    Conquest Vacations is/was a “preferred partner” of the Barbados Tourism Authority and offered many packages to Barbados.

    http://www.visitbarbados.org/accommodations/preferredpartnerscanada.aspx

  5. Artful Dodger

    Thanks, Ottawa Canada, I didn’t know that.

  6. Adam foa

    I was one of the unlucky travelers. We were stranded in the Bahamas. Our hotel told us that conquest had nt paid them yet, so we were not allowed to leave the hotel until we paid $800 or more. We already paid this to conquest, so we were charged twice. There were armed guards out front and would not let us leave. Even worse, somewhere in the dominican, people were locked out of their own hotel rooms! They couldn’t get their meds or camera! Completely unbelievable.

  7. Hants

    This is most unfortunate.

    Barbados would not treat its visitors in this manner.
    Neither would Cuba.

    The Bahamas,Dominican and Mexico will suffer from their poor treatment of these Canadians.

  8. Artful Dodger

    This is quite typical of companies that know they are teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Banking clients money and not paying their suppliers. It’s clear that Conquest saw the writing on the wall and chose to salvage whatever cash they could before closing their doors. Conquest should be charged. A civil suit is in order.

  9. adam foa

    Hants, most hotels in Bahamas did not make it such a big concern, but Breezes Superclubs did. I found most people there very hospitable to us, but as always, there were a few rude ones. There is a government division in Ontario, which helps get Canadians home from these kinds of situations. Its called TICO (Travel Industry Council of Ontario). They pay some debts of companies like Conquest, to the hotels and airlines. We told the manager this, but we still were not allowed to leave.

  10. Hants

    I listened to some of the canadians stranded in cancun and it is not pleasant.

    “Melissa Edwards says the hotel left a note under their door at 9 last night advising them Conquest was no longer providing services for them. They paid Conquest for the trip, but the hotel says it hasn’t been paid. Now it is demanding twice what the couple paid for the room through the tour company.”

    I hope the Canadian government jumps in and bring people home asap.

  11. Hants

    This was the hot topic on am 640 Toronto this morning.

    Seems TICO saw problems a month ago but did nothing.