Investigative Committee checks Natalie Tours
The investigators seized documents from the company's office.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation checked the Natalie Tours company out of the cancellation of pre-paid tours, Interfax reports, citing press secretary of the Russian Union of Travel Industry (RATA) Irina Tyurina. According to Tyurina, investigators came to the company's office on July 13 and seized a part of the documents.
Tyurina also mentioned personnel problems the company faced. Currently, only 15 employees are working in Natalie Tours now. Others resigned on their own claiming a salary for June. The remaining managers allegedly conduct negotiations with various tour operators.
Earlier, the Tourist Rights Protection Club public organization filed a lawsuit with Moscow Tagansky District Court to approve the fact of the cessation of the Natalie Tours' legal entity activity - Panama Tour LLC. Some tourists filed complaints against Rospotrebnadzor.
Head of the company Vladimir Vorobyev had earlier stated that the primary concern is to preserve the staff and technologies that were created during the work of companies, as well as relations with tourists and travel agencies.
Natalie Tours is one of the oldest and largest tour operators in Russia. On July 4, the head of the company announced the cancellation of all sold tours until October 1 and the termination of sales due to financial problems. Natalie Tours' pecuniary liability is insured for 150 million rubles by Ingosstrakh. There were sold tickets and tours for $15 million. Experts believe that not all affected will obtain compensation. Also, customers of Natalie Tours cannot apply for payments to the insurer, while the company has not ceased its activities.