Travel agency Sinorama collapses owing $1m to NZ customers

The holiday plans of more than 1000 Kiwi travellers have been ruined after their travel agency was put in liquidation.

Sinorama NZ sold trips to China through daily deal sites like Grab One - but those who bought them may never get their money back.

It was a package deal for a once-in-a-life-time trip - walking the Great Wall of China, stepping inside the Forbidden City.

But the holiday dream is over after the travel agency collapsed. Sinorama acted as an agency sourcing customers for a Canadian travel company bearing a similar name.

But in August, it lost it licence to operate in Canada and now the New Zealand arm has been put into liquidation.

Its customers are being told it doesn't know if they'll ever get refunded. Many were just weeks away from taking off.

Its Auckland offices have been abandoned too with liquidators planning to sell off furniture and computers.

More than $1 million is owing to New Zealand customers, but getting this back will be difficult.

Sinorama NZ has already passed on their money to the Canadian company and administrators in Canada are trying to stop anyone outside the state of Quebec from lodging a claim.


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