Consumer Protection BC has issued a compliance order and administrative penalties against V-Best Travel Ltd., a licensed travel agency based in Richmond BC, for:
- Engaging in the designated activity of travel wholesaler without a licence, contrary to section 143(a) of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act (BPCPA), an administrative penalty of $6,000
- Failing to include the licence number in visual advertisements, contrary to section 9(3) of Travel Industry Regulation (TIR), an administrative penalty of $200
- Failing to provide the consumer’s address on receipts issued, contrary to section 12.1 of the TIR, an administrative penalty of $500
In addition to the administrative monetary penalties, the business has been ordered to reimburse Consumer Protection BC the costs of the inspection in the amount of $250. The compliance order, notice of administrative penalty and the full reasons for the decision are available on our website. By law, the business has 30 days to request a reconsideration of the decision.
All money received from administrative penalties is deposited into the Consumer Advancement Fund (as required by section 169 of the BPCPA).
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