As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the global travel industry, many companies have had to make difficult decisions in order to prioritise the safety and well-being of their customers and staff. Busabout, a leading operator of flexible travel networks and experiences throughout Europe, Asia, and North Africa, has recently announced that all trips will be suspended until 2023.
Busabout has officially declared that they will be suspending all trips until 2023 in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The company recognises the importance of providing safe and responsible travel experiences, and as such, has made the tough decision to halt operations temporarily. This decision was made after careful consideration of the current global health climate and the unpredictability of travel restrictions and border closures.
Busabout, which is part of The Travel Corporation that owns other popular brands such as Contiki and Haggis Adventures has said suspending tours was “the most difficult decision we’ve ever had to make as a business.”
Impact on travellers
The suspension of Busabout’s services will undoubtedly impact thousands of travellers who have booked or were planning to book trips with the company. In response to this, Busabout has implemented a comprehensive plan to assist customers with rescheduling or refunding their bookings.
Customers who have already booked a trip with Busabout for 2022 will have the option to either:
- Transfer their booking to a future travel date in 2023, at no additional cost.
- Receive a full refund for their trip.
Busabout has pledged to work closely with customers to ensure a seamless and stress-free process. Customers are encouraged to contact the Busabout team via their website or by email to discuss their options and receive personalised support.
The future of Busabout
Despite the current suspension of trips, Busabout remains optimistic about the future of the travel industry and their role within it. The company is committed to providing unique, memorable, and affordable travel experiences to its customers, and they are eagerly anticipating a return to normal operations in 2023.
In preparation for this, Busabout will continue to work closely with local partners, monitor global health trends, and adhere to government guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of travellers and staff alike.
The situation surrounding COVID-19 is continually evolving, and as such, it is important for travellers to stay informed on the latest updates and advice. We recommend regularly checking government websites for travel advice, as well as following updates from Busabout on their social media channels and website.
The decision to suspend all trips until 2023 is a testament to Busabout’s commitment to providing safe and responsible travel experiences. While this is undoubtedly a challenging time for the travel industry and customers alike, it is important to remember that this decision was made with the best interests of all parties in mind.
As we all look forward to the return of international travel, we must continue to prioritise the health and safety of ourselves and others. Busabout’s dedication to providing unforgettable experiences remains unwavering, and we eagerly anticipate their return to the travel landscape in 2023.
Busabout update: May 2022
In August 2020, Busabout initially informed they would be suspending its tours until mid 2022; however as that deadline loomed ever-closer, Busabout announced all 2022 tours would be scraped.
We reached out to Busabout and received this update on 10th May:
Unfortunately, we wont’ be running our normal Busabout trips for 2022. We are however, running our Contiki, Haggis and Highland Explorer trips which offer similar products to Busabout.
On 20th April 2022, Busabout tweeted that they would continue to update their followers “until the doors to the world are flung back open”
There has only been a handful of tweets since then which does raise concerns that perhaps all is not as it seems at Busabout HQs.