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Youth travel company investigating allegations of sexual harassment


Five young women have alleged that they were sexually harassed by their tour manager on a three week tour of Europe. Two are saying their complaints were ‘mishandled’.

Coach touring company Contiki is investigating claims of sexual harassment that allegedly occurred on one of its European tours.

 

In a Facebook post, one of the travellers alleged her tour manager “grabbed my ass” on the second night of the tour. When she told him to stop, she says he claimed to not know what she was talking about and winked at her. 

 

 

“Once we realised how many girls had similar experiences and felt uncomfortable we contacted Contiki,” she wrote. This was Day 4 of the three week trip. 

 

According to the young woman “Contiki escalated the situation a day later to someone who told us they take our concerns very seriously.”

 

Over the next few days, the young woman claims two different executives from the company assured them that the tour manager was no threat to them. About a week later, the tour manager advised her that a company representative was coming to speak to her about the complaint. 

 

The company has since offered counselling to the women involved and apologised for what happened.

 

In a statement to Hack, John Veitch, chief executive of Contiki parent company The Travel Corporation Australia said the youth travel company is investigating Hillary and Shannaye's allegations. 

 

"The safety and security of all of our travellers is at the heart of everything we do," John Veitch said. 

 

Written by: Traveltalk
Published: 2 October 2018

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