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Ottawa yoga studio facing Travel Industry Act charges

Ottawa yoga studio facing Travel Industry Act charges

The Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) has charged Pure Yoga Ottawa Inc. and Pure Yoga Ottawa (Bank Street) Inc. with one count each of operating as a travel agent without being registered.

TICO has also charged Todd A. Brown with two counts of being an Officer and Director of a Corporation and failing to take reasonable care to prevent the Corporation from committing an offence; in this case, for operating without TICO registration.

TICO alleges that between May 1, 2018 and Oct. 30, 2019, Pure Yoga Ottawa Inc. and Pure Yoga Ottawa (Bank Street) Inc. held themselves out as available to sell yoga retreats to consumers in Ontario to various destinations around the world, with accommodations included.

Brown will appear in court in Ottawa on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.

TICO reminds any businesses wishing to organize travel for affinity groups (such as photography, yoga, scuba diving, etc) to read its Guidelines for Special Interest Travel Bulletin to ensure they are in compliance with the Travel Industry Act.

Comp Fund payout for Millennium Leisure Travels clients

In other TICO news, the board of directors approved a payment of $212.21 from the Travel Industry Compensation Fund, to assist four consumers who incurred expenses in destination due to the failure of Millennium Leisure Travels Inc., a TICO-registered travel agency.

Millennium Leisure Travels Inc. had its TICO-registration revoked on May 1, 2019.

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