Ex-travel agent fined $19,500 for operating without licence

Ex-travel agent fined $19,500 for operating without licence
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SINGAPORE - The key executive and director of a travel agency has been fined a total of $19,500 for operating without a licence.

Yam Tee Kuang from Uniglobal Holidays Pte Ltd (Uniglobal) was convicted on Oct 1 of 13 charges under the Travel Agents Act (TA Act) for carrying on the business of a travel agent without a valid licence. 37 other similar charges were taken into consideration.

According to a statement by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the travel agent licence of Uniglobal expired on Dec 31, 2013 and Yam was not able to renew the licence as it could not meet the financial criteria for licence renewal under the TA Act.

Despite repeated notifications from STB, Yam continued carrying on his business from Jan 1 to Apr 14, 2014.

Investigations also revealed that Uniglobal had failed to deliver about $140,000 worth of travel products paid for by Russia-based tourists of seven Russian travel agencies.

In a separate incident, STB has revoked the travel licence of Linh Travel Pte Ltd (LT) on Oct 1 as it was no longer operating as a travel agency.

Prior to the dissolution of the company, LT was also investigated for providing STB with false information on its key executive.

Under the TA Act, any person found guilty of carrying on the business of a travel agent without a valid travel agent licence faces a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or a jail term of up to two years.

For the lastest list of licensed travel agents in Singapore, visit the Travel Related Users' System (TRUST) website at https://trust.yoursingapore.com.

stephluo@sph.com.sg

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