More and more inquiries are coming in from concerned consumers who were stopped in the streets of Adeje and ended up buying into a holiday club called Club Vesta. (www.clubvesta.co)
We already mentioned this Club Vesta in a recent article about a company called Cinnamon Marketing (http://wp.me/p1kmoi-213).
But it appears now that it isn’t only Cinnamon marketing selling this Club Vesta membership and there is at least one more seller by the name of JM Brussel.
It all happened as a consumer tells us in their email: “Approached on street near the marina in Costa Adeje with scratch cards for Costa Adeje Tourism under the remit of the Mayor’s Office. Shown a lanyard with the mayor’s stamp on it by way of proof of approval. Advised could save over 25% off Tenerife holidays using a system similar to Trivago but run locally saving taxes. 20% in UK down to 3%.
We ‘won’ a holiday on one of the cards and had to present to a nearby office and the process would take around 30 – 45 minutes…”
Once at the offices of JM Brussel, the meeting lasted certainly far longer than the 30 to 45 minutes they were told. In the meeting the consumers are given a number of statements about the product, which are very questionable!
It all seems to turn around a booking system they call GDS, which would give direct access to booking all kinds of travel, without having to go through the travel agent or online vendor. They quote up to a 42% discount on the prices through this GDS system.
In order to get access to this fabulous system, the seller JM Brussel is looking for around £4,950 with £1,000 upfront deposit on the day and the balance 10 days later.
The consumer is given as well 3 more free weeks and a week in a 5 star accommodation in Marbella including 2 free flights.
The duration of this membership with Club Vesta is sold as “ A lifetime membership” agreed on a 12 month rolling contract.
The mention of the “rolling” contract is clearly a way to overcome the European Law, which stipulates that any purchase of a long-term holiday product with duration of 12 months or more CANNOT have a payment on the day and the seller has to allow the buyer a 14-day cooling off period without any money exchanged.
Research has shown that the people involved with the company JM Brussel were also linked to another company in the past called Realistix Solutions. (https://mindtimeshare.me/?s=realistix)
The membership that gives you access to this website where only the members can book at tremendously reduced prices, the access to travel worldwide and “cutting out” the middleman, it all seems very very similar to what Realistix was selling not so long ago…
When you are on holidays we all know that you might let your guard down. Being stopped by these nice people in the streets who seem to be working for the Town Hall and give you a Price which could be a free holiday or even an iPad…it all sounds so attractive!
But please when attending meetings like this, for as much as the offer appeals to you, for as much as the product would work for you, allow yourself a decent cooling off and don’t pay anything on the day!
There are no such offers that can only be taken there and then and by paying thousand(s) of pounds straight away.
If a company tells you otherwise, you should be looking for the door and go.
If you have been to a meeting of Club Vesta from Cinnamon marketing or JM Brussel, please let us know.
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