The Covid-19 pandemic has forced another Irish travel agency out of business, with the announcement by Capture Travel that it has ceased trading.
The company said it had been forced to close due to a lack of trade and of financial support from the Government.
Established in 2017, the business was focused on offering trips abroad specifically for student and staff groups in universities and schools.
These included group experiences such as training with the cast of the Mamma Mia musical in London, mystery tours and painting and wine days in Amsterdam.
27 year old founder Katie Doyle claimed the business had been trading strongly prior to the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic.
But since then, like all travel agents, it had suffered a significant drop in activity and had been forced to refund months' worth of bookings.
Ms Doyle said the business had also not qualified for the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme because it did not have a rateable premises, nor did it qualify for employment supports.
She also blamed the ongoing burden of regulation that was required for it to continue trading.
"Due to the lack of pick up in tourism, the travel agency had no other choice but to close its’ virtual doors," she said in a statement.
The firm was covered by the consumer protection scheme operated by the Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR).
Under CAR, customers who purchased a package including travel departing from Ireland or travel only commencing in Ireland, or who had previously received a credit note from the business may be entitled to a refund.
Claims must be made through the CAR within 120 days of the business ceasing trading.
However, Katie Doyle said there is no money owed to customers apart from a credit note due to one group, which should be covered by the CAR scheme.
Ms Doyle now intends to focus on her tech start-up, Mentor-Her, which connects female mentors and mentees across entrepreneurial, corporate career and self-development spheres.