Vicky Pattison urges fans fans to pay hundreds of pounds so they can flog holidays

REALITY TV star Vicky Pattison is urging her fans to pay hundreds of pounds so they can flog holidays.

But the ex-Geordie Shore fave was accused of operating a pyramid selling-style scheme.

One expert said she should be “ashamed of herself”.

The 2015 I’m A Celeb winner is encouraging fans to pay £142 as a one-off fee and then £32 a month to join her team.

Once signed up through a website, Vicky, 33, says they will be able to sell holidays to the public and receive the lion’s share of the typical ten to 20 per cent commission.

She links them up to holidays sold by InteleTravel and says everyone involved is “smashing it”.

Sources say Vicky will receive commission for each person she signs up through the enterprise — called Vickysvacays.

There is no suggestion she is doing anything illegal and InteleTravel is ABTA-registered.

But Kath McDonald, a professional travel consultant with 32 years’ experience, said: “She’s not a travel expert.

"She doesn’t understand how the industry operates.”

And Jenny Jackson, an independent travel consultant with 25 years’ experience, described it as being like a pyramid scheme with multi-level marketing.

She added: “Vicky Pattison should be ashamed of herself.”

Vicky refused to comment.

But a source close to her said: “Vicky is really upset by these claims as she works her socks off to help everyone in the plan make as much out of it as possible.”

A spokesman for InteleTravel said: “InteleTravel is proud to have grown during the pandemic by offering people the opportunity of a new career, working from home.

“There is a low cost of entry and low monthly costs, so there is little risk for those who wish to become agents.

“InteleTravel are members of ABTA and have an extensive and ongoing training programme.”

Trust in trip experts – Lisa Minot

NEVER has it been more important to put your precious holiday cash in the hands of experienced, established travel professionals.

With Covid-19 laying waste to our holiday plans, it makes sense to trust someone who will be able to support and guide you.

While it has never been easier to create your own DIY holiday online, with the pandemic it makes sense to use a well-established tour operator to book only ATOL-protected holidays.

And I have my doubts Vicky, as well travelled as she is, is best placed to give that advice, let alone encourage her fans to shell out cash just to start a business.

Commission levels on holiday bookings are low at the best of times and involve huge volumes to make good money.

And it does worry me that so many who sign up are pressured to recruit friends and family to become agents themselves, rather than actually selling holidays.

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