Dragoman shuts down for foreseeable future

Overlanding specialist Dragoman has revealed plans to go “dormant” for the foreseeable future within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The firm mentioned it was going to “sit tight” till the resumption of long-haul journey is once more possible.

All future bookings for individuals who have but to journey are being refunded in full, the 27 Dragoman vehicles – parked up everywhere in the world – proceed to remain off-road, and the (for much longer than initially foreseen) watch for regular long-haul journey to renew continues, the corporate mentioned in a press release.

Charlie Hopkinson, a director of Dragoman, defined: “This has been a really robust choice to take. 

“We thought again in 2020 {that a} chink of sunshine meant we’d quickly be overlanding once more, albeit maybe to nations nearer to residence than the norm. 

“But we are actually 16 months into the pandemic, and long-haul journey in the way in which that Dragoman has operated for the previous 40 years is, sadly, unlikely to be potential within the short- to medium-term.

“We have got to batten down the hatches and to sit it out as best we can, much as we hate the idea of doing so.”

He added: “This means refunding our loyal clients who’ve but to journey and brokers worldwide, suspending our operations and shutting down our HQ. 

“No new bookings will be taken until we see light at the end of the tunnel and feel confident that we can re-start our operations.”

This 12 months noticed Dragoman’s fortieth anniversary of overlanding worldwide.

The firm has taken 77,000 passionate travellers to myriad locations worldwide throughout these 40 years – throughout Asia, trans Africa and trans North and South America. 

“We are desperately sad to have to bid au revoir to everyone for now – our loyal in-house road crew and expedition leaders, engineers, reservations team and admin staff, all of whom have worked hard to keep things ticking over; our sales agents worldwide and in the UK; the many associated businesses with whom we’ve been linked, some for the full 40 years,” mentioned Hopkinson.

“To those that have bookings with us, we might admire your endurance till we contact you, please; we have now solely a small skeleton group working at current, and we are going to contact everybody in strict date order. 

“It will take time, however you’ll hear from us simply as quickly as potential. 

“Please do not try to reclaim your funds via your credit card company – this will take a great deal of time and effort on your part, and it also means that we will be unable to refund you ourselves; thank you.”

Hopkinson concluded: “This isn’t the tip. 

“The decision to pause is to ensure that Dragoman can – and will – live on in the future.”

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