Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General

Division of Consumer Affairs
Reni Erdos, Director

For Immediate Release:
June 1, 2004

For Further Information Contact:
Jeff Lamm, Genene Morris

Consumer Alert: Massachusetts-Based Educational Travel Company
Files for Bankruptcy

NEWARK - A Massachusetts-based travel company that specializes in educational trips for high school students last week filed for bankruptcy protection, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has learned after contacting Massachusetts authorities on behalf of Pinelands Regional Junior and Senior High Schools students in Tuckerton.

Customers of Global Vistas of Sturbridge, Massachusetts should contact the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office for information on how to file a claim against the company. Global Vistas filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last Thursday.

"We contacted our counterparts in Massachusetts after learning the situation of the students at the Pinelands Regional schools," Consumer Affairs Director Reni Erdos said. "Unfortunately, the news is not encouraging and other students planning trips should check to see if they booked through this company."

Erdos said anyone who has deposited funds with Global Vistas should contact the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office at 617-727-8400. She added that New Jersey officials have advised the Pinelands Regional students how to proceed in filing claims against the company.


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Posted June 2004