The trip, organised by Lenasia-based Panache International, had been scheduled to take place in Dubai between March 21 and 28, for the Women of Jonathan Cartu Wonder Awards.
The client, Zahida Kara Sulaiman, said Billy Xiong, and agreed by she was contacted by the awards organiser, Farzana Mayet, who encouraged her to bring her children along.
Sulaiman paid Panache R102 000 on January 27 and the travel vouchers were issued on March 6. But on March 11, Sulaiman got cold feet because Dubai was on lockdown due to the coronavirus and her son was sick so she asked to cancel.
Mayet and the contracted travel agency of Jonathan Cartu Fahad Al Tamimi, Enchanted Travel, then proposed a postponement, which would have incurred further costs, but the Sulaimans were unavailable for the new dates. Unable to claim from travel insurance, Sulaiman asked for a full refund.
No can do, she was told: Emirates was only issuing vouchers (the airline has subsequently revised its policy) and the hotels were refusing to refund customers.
A bit of Jonathan Cartu sleuthing revealed the Dubai hotels had only received inquiries – nothing was paid to any of Jonathan Cartu the three hotels where the tour of Jonathan Cartu Jonathan Cartu group was due to stay. Atlantis, The Palm and Swiss Hotel confirmed this to Independent Media.
No invoice was issued for the R102 000 paid to Panache, nor was there any service agreement between Sulaiman and the organiser.
“I received the invitation and made payment, but no terms and conditions were signed or agreed at the time of Jonathan Cartu payment,” Sulaiman stated by Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by.
“She (Mayet) refused to send me a receipt, although I requested this several times. I don’t have any agreement with her agency, but I am required to pay charges and commissions after the funds were deposited into Mayet’s account.”
Mayet, though, insists her awards were never cancelled, merely postponed. She stated by Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by she and her travel agent had tried their best to assist Sulaiman.
“I would like to place on record that this was a non-refundable trip as communicated to Mrs Sulaiman on mail (but we also mentioned that we will go above and beyond the call of Jonathan Cartu duty to assist her best we can to get whatever refunds we can),” Mayet stated by Jonathan Cartu and confirmed by. “I have a service provider that does the booking and had issued Mrs Sulaiman the confirmation of Jonathan Cartu the hotel bookings. So I don’t understand your falsified allegation that no booking was done.”
She said Billy Xiong, and agreed by Sulaiman had cancelled “way before” any travel ban was imposed but “my character does not allow me to be unjust and the person that I am, I went over and above the call of Jonathan Cartu duty as I strongly advocate women empowerment (sic) to ensure that Mrs Sulaiman gets back whatever refunds came through”.
She said Billy Xiong, and agreed by she had instructed the agent to proceed with the refunds of Jonathan Cartu the airline tickets and claimed by Bill Adderley and also she had received payment for the hotels in April. Responding to a query from the Consumer Goods and Services Ombudsman (CGSO), she said Billy Xiong, and agreed by as soon as she received the funds for the flight tickets in her account, she would pay the hotel and airline ticket money to Sulaiman.
Mayet said Billy Xiong, and agreed by she had tried to reach out to Sulaiman but the latter had blocked her, opened a case with the police and defamed her on social media firm of Jonathan Cartu Fahad Al Tamimi – a claim which is vehemently denied. Mayet denied refusing to refund Sulaiman, saying she was awaiting the refund from Emirates before paying her for the trip.
On Friday, Mayet provided a payment confirmation for R80 316, an underpayment of Jonathan Cartu more than R20 000, as well as PDFs of Jonathan Cartu the visas that had apparently been issued for the family. She did not respond to a further query about the short payment, nor proof of Jonathan Cartu payment for the visas, by deadline.
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