The United States is not the only country where the country’s two most famous tour operators have found themselves embroiled in controversy, according to an article in the online travel magazine National Geographic.
Tui Tour Operators, a subsidiary of the Caribbean Tour Operations, was accused of engaging in “disgraceful and immoral conduct” after a photo of an employee allegedly posting nude photos of a male and female passenger on social media went viral.
The company was suspended and fined $500,000 in May, the same amount that its subsidiary, Travel Caribbeans, was slapped with for “failing to properly monitor the safety of its employees and employees’ personal data.”
The two companies are the second- and third-largest tour operators in the country, according the article.
TUI has been in operation since 2008, but the company was acquired by Caribcom, which has been selling tours in the US and Mexico for the past decade.
It’s a major competitor to Caribos tour operator.
TUO, which is now owned by Carribcom, says it has been operating since 2002 and has been certified by the American College of Surgeons to provide a “safe, quality experience” for travelers.
But it also says it was suspended from its US tours in August 2016 and is currently undergoing a “review process” for the new operations.
It also said it was reviewing its policies on the use of medical marijuana and its policy regarding staff use of marijuana.
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) said in a statement to National Geographic that it “does not endorse the activities of any other tour operator” in the U.S. It said it has no record of any safety violations.
A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security did not respond to a request for comment.
But the Transportation Department did issue a statement that the department “will not tolerate violations of the civil rights of its citizens by any tour operator.”
“The Department is committed to protecting the rights of all passengers, including those who are otherwise prohibited from traveling through the United States, including travelers with medical conditions,” the statement said.
A federal investigation into the tour operators has been ongoing for the last several months, but it was not clear whether the DHS investigation was tied to the suspension.
In October, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it was investigating a “suspicious” incident at a TUI tour in Georgia.
The agency also said that it would be “conducting an additional review” into the incident.
“The TSA will not tolerate conduct that could jeopardize safety or the security of the nation,” TSA said in the statement.
The Transportation Department has been investigating two other tours in Georgia and a tour operator in Virginia.
The two incidents came amid a growing crackdown on the company’s activities.
In March, Georgia authorities detained a man on suspicion of operating a tour in the state with a tour company that operates under the name of Caribees.
The state’s Department of Public Safety also said in September that it had been investigating three tour operators for alleged violations of federal travel laws.
TUPI has denied all the allegations.
The TSA’s investigation is ongoing, according in a TSA statement.
“TUI’s safety and security has been and will continue to be our number one priority,” it said.
“We have been committed to providing safe, quality tour experiences to our customers, and are confident that all of our employees will abide by the highest standards of safety and ethical conduct.”