Southampton-based agent membership scheme Holiday Direct Travel Group has ceased trading.

The Civil Aviation Authority confirmed that the company had ceased trading over the weekend and administrators Hill Jarrett were expected to be appointed today.

A CAA spokesman said 15 customers are currently abroad and 16 are due to travel in the coming weeks. Up to 300 have forward bookings over the next few months.

It is thought customers’ money will be protected as Holiday Direct was an Atol holder and operated an independent trust account. 

Set up in 1998, the company described itself as a provider of  “partnership systems and support to both new and established agents”. It invited people with  little or no experience of the travel sector to become agents.

It offered agents IT support and training for a fee as well as administration and ticket processing from its head office in Southampton.

The company also traded as Go Travel. A note on its website advises customers to contact