Seven Scottish resorts 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 bundle holidays and clients with these bookings will obtain a full refund.
The resorts in Scotland which, based on a assertion by the joint directors, have ceased buying and selling are:
- Bay Highland Lodge in Strathpeffer
- Bay Nice Western Lodge in Oban
- Bay Tarbet Lodge at Loch Lomond
- Bay Caledonian Lodge in Fort William
- Bay Waverley Fortress Lodge in Melrose
- Pitlochry Hydro Lodge in Perthshire
- Portpatrick Lodge in Dumfries and Galloway
The Specialist Leisure Group, based mostly in Wigan, additionally operated Wallace Arnold Journey and lodging manufacturers reminiscent of Bay Motels, Coast and Nation Motels and Nation Residing Motels.
The agency stated on its web site that each one excursions, cruises, holidays and resort breaks had been cancelled and wouldn’t be rescheduled.
In a press release obtained by Journey Weekly, the agency’s chief government Richard Calvert stated: “The results of Covid-19 on our 117-year-old firm and the broader journey business have been devastating.
“In essentially the most attempting of circumstances we have now fought tooth and nail to save lots of the group and the roles of our 2,400 loyal staff 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: “At present is a really unhappy day for these clients and the 1000’s of workers who could 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 beneath on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Abta has repeatedly highlighted to the federal government the urgency of the scenario and the necessity to set out a co-ordinated technique with clearer communication if it desires to assist keep away from important job losses and assist corporations to climate the storm.”