The UK’s travel advisory boards have been criticised by a group of travellers after an investment firm found it was offering to invest £5 million into the company.
The group, which includes UK travel experts, said the advisory board company, Travel Advisor, was offering investment in the firm to buy its shares, which it did not own.
The firm said it would continue to operate the advisory boards, despite being forced to sell its shares.
Travel Advisor said the group’s complaint was “without merit” and that it was “proud to be an independent UK travel provider and not dependent on government funding”.
The group said it was only “investing” in the advisory business and had no “financial interest” in its business.
“This is the third time that Travel Advisor has been subjected to criticism from members of the public, this time we are being treated unfairly and unfairly, and the fact that it is only an investment company, we are not in it for the money,” the group said.
Travel Advisors Advisory Board said it had “no financial interest” and would continue operating its advisory board.
The UK government is reviewing its advisory business model.
“We believe this is an extremely disappointing situation and the government is considering what options to take,” a spokesman said.
The advisory board group, a non-profit organisation, has been operating in the UK for the past decade.
It was founded by Peter Lewis, a former chairman of the UK’s largest airline, Easyjet, and has an advisory board of more than 500 people.
The travel advisory firm said Travel Advisor was “committed to delivering the highest quality advisory services” and said its advisory boards were fully independent of the company’s management.
The company has been criticised in recent years over the quality of its advisory work.
The chairman of a British government committee overseeing the use of travel advisory services said the firm had been “shameless” in advertising the business as an “independent advisory business”.