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    Post after Britain's biggest holiday firm collapse in 20 years

    From Passengers' fury as 87,000 British tourists are trapped abroad after collapse of top holiday firm | Mail Online

    A further 200,000 who have booked trips with XL have been told to make other arrangements after Britain's biggest holiday firm collapse in 20 years.

    In the sentence above, what does "holiday firm" mean?

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    Re: after Britain's biggest holiday firm collapse in 20 years

    Hi dilermando

    As a Brit, but not a teacher, I would interpret "holiday firm" as a travel agent who specialises in providing complete holiday packages, including everything from the flight out, the local transportation from the holiday airport to the hotel, the hotel accommodation and all the transportation back to the home country, in a complete package, including holiday insurance. They may also be able to arrange tours at the destination and would typically have a "courier" on hand to help people at the destination.

    Hope this helps
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    NT

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    Re: after Britain's biggest holiday firm collapse in 20 years

    in general, but a holiday firm - while arranging everything else (hotel, excursions, courier...') doesn't always include the flight in the package. This is the problem with XL. Some holiday-makers are being flown home at the expense of the CAA; these are the ones whose flight was included in the package. People who booked an XL holiday without a flight are having to pay to get home.

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    Re: after Britain's biggest holiday firm collapse in 20 years

    Hi folks

    BBC News has a good on-line article including who is protected and how:
    BBC NEWS | Business | Thousands stranded by XL collapse

    Hope this helps
    NT

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