Seven Scottish inns have ceased buying and selling after a serious UK journey agency went into administration.
About 2,500 jobs have been misplaced and 64,000 bookings cancelled with the collapse of Specialist Leisure Group.
The resort and journey firm included well-known coach vacation manufacturers Shearings, Caledonian Journey and Wallace Arnold.
Journey physique Abta stated the agency had struggled to supply refunds for journeys cancelled due to Covid-19.
It added that the overwhelming majority of cancelled bookings had been coach package deal holidays and clients with these bookings will obtain a full refund.
The inns in Scotland which, in line with a statement by the joint administrators, have ceased buying and selling are:
- Bay Highland Resort in Strathpeffer
- Bay Nice Western Resort in Oban
- Bay Tarbet Resort at Loch Lomond
- Bay Caledonian Resort in Fort William
- Bay Waverley Citadel Resort in Melrose
- Pitlochry Hydro Resort in Perthshire
- Portpatrick Resort in Dumfries and Galloway
The Specialist Leisure Group, primarily based in Wigan, additionally operated Wallace Arnold Journey and lodging manufacturers resembling Bay Motels, Coast and Nation Motels and Nation Dwelling Motels.
The agency stated on its web site that every one excursions, cruises, holidays and resort breaks had been cancelled and wouldn’t be rescheduled.
In an announcement obtained by Journey Weekly, the agency’s chief govt Richard Calvert stated: “The consequences of Covid-19 on our 117-year-old firm and the broader journey business have been devastating.
“In essentially the most attempting of circumstances now we have fought tooth and nail to avoid wasting the group and the roles of our 2,400 loyal workers serving over 1.1 million clients yearly.
“It’s heart-breaking that the required funding or funding couldn’t be secured to get us by this unprecedented disaster.”
‘Very unhappy day’
John de Vial, Abta’s director of membership and monetary companies, stated: “In the present day is a really unhappy day for these clients and the hundreds of workers who may have misplaced their jobs.
“The truth that two such well-known manufacturers with a loyal buyer base have needed to name in directors is a stark indication of the stress that the vacation business is below on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Abta has repeatedly highlighted to the federal government the urgency of the state of affairs and the necessity to set out a co-ordinated technique with clearer communication if it needs to assist keep away from important job losses and assist firms to climate the storm.”