A Christchurch tour company and its director each face 43 Fair Trading Act charges over a failed attempt to transport fans to Dunedin by rail for an Elton John concert.
The concert was at the covered Forsyth Barr Stadium last November, but no train was arranged and concertgoers travelled by bus.
Racing Tours and Promotions Australasia Ltd, which is based in Burnside, and its New Zealand director, Roger Sutherland, were prosecuted in the Christchurch District Court today.
Judge David Holderness remanded all the charges to November 8, without plea, for a further appearance in the miscellaneous list court.
The charges allege that the company and the director represented in advertising and promotion that the transport would be by rail, when the transport provided was by bus.
They allege that payment was accepted for the train trip and the company did not intend to provide train transport.
They also allege some consumers were refused refunds for cancellations that they were entitled to under the Consumer Guarantees Act.
Some charges allege that people booking tickets were charged undisclosed fees for credit card transactions and couriers.
Many of the charges allege that people paid extra for "celebration class" tickets but received no extra benefits than other concertgoers.
Duty solicitor Aliza Eveleigh asked for the remand without plea to allow the defendants to consult a lawyer.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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