A coalition of travel agencies that participated in the concluded 2022 Hajj operation has petitioned the Nigerian Consulate General in Saudi Arabia over non-repayment of travel visa, air ticket and hotel accommodation paid to a Saudi-based travel firm Alkahasafi Travel Tours Limited and Alshamel International Limited Company.
The petition, signed by Alhaji Ibrahim Khaleel of Khaleel Travel Tours Limited on behalf of other affected travel tour agents, revealed that the affected travel firms have requested the Saudi-based firms to refund the sum of over N535 million paid into their accounts for services during the 2022 Hajj operation.
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They said the firms failed to render the agreed services and, as such, they should refund the said amount.
The petition further stated that the affected travel tours have taken all necessary measures to recover the money from the firms but with no result, hence the resolve to petition the consulate general for a formal intervention to enable the affected Nigerian tour operators to refund their respective customers.
“We have attached all deposit receipts in this petition to authenticate our claim. This petition is a sign of respect and consideration we have for the Nigerian consulate as law-abiding Nigerian citizens and we hope the good office of the Nigerian consul in Saudi Arabia will take up the issue and address it amicably,” the petition said.
The Nigerian affected tour operators include Royal First Class Travel and Tours Services, Al Ansar Travels and Tours and Khalil Travel and Tours.