Benjamin Morris issued bankruptcy notice after luxury trip to Hamilton Island with Australian models

Aspiring influencer who tried to launch a ‘rich-only’ vacation is slapped with a bankruptcy notice after a luxury Hamilton Island getaway

  • A Queensland Magistrates’ Court has issued Benjamin Morris with a bankruptcy notice
  • The 33-year-old used investor money to spend a luxury vacation on Hamilton Island
  • Investors claim Morris blocked communication after paying $12,000 to attend

A budding influencer, who tried to launch a ‘rich only’ vacation in Australia filled with young models and social media stars, has been served with a bankruptcy notice.

New Zealand-born Benjamin Morris faced backlash after using money from investors to spend a luxury holiday on Hamilton Island, Queensland, with a group of models in late August last year .

The 33-year-old promised the Bondi-based company Vacay Seltzer, which gave him $20,000 for accommodation, flights and participants’ activities, that the luxury trip would be offered to wealthy men of attending a getaway.

Benjamin Morris has been served with a bankruptcy notice after he used an investor’s money to spend a luxury vacation on Hamilton Island with a group of social media influencers and role models (pictured, Mr Morris at the Palazzo Versace, Queensland)

Mr Morris was joined by some of Australia’s top social media followers for a weekend at an upscale Airbnb where they enjoyed a yacht cruise, seaplane flight and gourmet food and drink.

Gold Coast entrepreneur Hunter Johnson has filed a lawsuit against Mr Morris and his company after spending $12,000 to attend the trip with influencers including Annabelle Gelly, Evie Maree, Sasha Morpeth and Julia Zeito.

Southport Magistrates Court took proceedings in Federal Court over the holidays and slapped Mr Morris with a bankruptcy notice after he proved difficult to locate.

The notice would be served once it was sent to Mr. Morris’ known phone number, addresses, social media and email accounts, according to the Bulletin of the Côte d’Or.

Mr. Johnson could file a petition to declare Mr. Morris bankrupt if he does not comply with the notice.

Influencers and models were told they were on a free vacation to promote Bondi-based start-up Vacay Seltzer, which they tagged in Instagram posts (pictured)

Influencers and models were told they were on a free vacation to promote Bondi-based start-up Vacay Seltzer, which they tagged in Instagram posts (pictured)

Mr Johnson told the court he became suspicious of the holiday when he asked for an invoice and was not given an itinerary or travel confirmation and was then prevented from communicating with Mr. Morris.

A Gold Coast entrepreneur claims he paid $12,000 to attend but was never given an itinerary and then was blocked by Morris (pictured, Morris on a yacht at Hamilton Island in a video posted by one of the models)

A Gold Coast entrepreneur claims he paid $12,000 to attend but was never given an itinerary and then was blocked by Morris (pictured, Morris on a yacht at Hamilton Island in a video posted by one models)

Social media influencers – who have a combined 850,000 followers – have been told they are on all-expenses-paid leave to promote Vacay Seltzer, whom they tagged in Instagram posts showing them in bikinis by the sea .

Seltzer was promised that the exposure of influencers would favor the startup.

The women have not been accused of any wrongdoing and there is no indication that they were involved in organizing the event.

Mr Morris was an intermittent director of Boss Media Empire from March 2018 until the company was delisted by ASIC in July 2020.

His other company, Boss Yacht Club, with an Instagram bio stating “only for the rich”, has promoted luxury getaways to international events such as the Grammys, the Super Bowl and the Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

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