Caledonian Travel back from administration

And National Holidays gets new owner

The former senior management team of Caledonian Travel and National Holidays has purchased the Caledonian Travel brand.

Like Shearings and Wallace Arnold Travel, Glasgow-based Caledonian Travel was part of the SLG Group that went into administration on 22 May. Before going out of business, Caledonian Travel operated short breaks and holidays by coach for over 30 years.

The management buy-out includes taking over the brand too. It sees the formation of a new company called Caledonian Leisure.

The announcement follows the news National Holidays, another brand of the SLG Group, was acquired by the JG Travel Group. It sees the coach holiday business join its new owner’s other brands, which include Just Go! Holidays, Omega Breaks and Albion Journeys.

The team at Caledonian Leisure is now putting together its short breaks and holidays programme. As well as Scotland, the operation is now set to run holidays from departure points in Yorkshire and the north east.

No set date has yet been issued for when the operation will get off the ground. A statement on its website said: “We are aware that some coach holiday companies are already promoting breaks for this summer but we don’t want to launch any holiday programmes until it is totally safe and viable to do so.”

The purchase of Caledonian Travel includes the website, social media sites and the customer database. Only customers who were happy to receive late deals and special offers from Caledonian Travel have been purchased. All breaks that were postponed from Caledonian Travel will not be running. Instead, a new range of breaks and holidays is to be compiled. Gift vouchers purchased from Caledonian Travel prior to 22 May 2020 are now void, but Caledonian Travel’s website mentioned the possibility of offering a special deal to cover at least a percentage of the value of the voucher.

The management of Caledonian Leisure hopes to employ some former staff of the National Holidays and Caledonian Travel brands.

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