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School and sports group travel company goes bust

A Welsh tour operator selling school and sports trips has collapsed due to the slump in travel caused by the coronavirus. On Tour Travel, based in Merthyr Tydfil, has been organising trips for schools, students and sports clubs as well as for groups of adults for the past 16 years.

Many of its flights and flight-inclusive holidays were protected by the ATOL scheme, so most – but not all – clients should get a refund from the Air Travel Trust Fund. The Civil Aviation Authority, which manages the ATTF, said it will email protected customers with details about how to make a claim.

In Scotland, David Urquhart Group, which operates a coach tour business and three Hart Hotels, is being wound up. A separate part of the 37-year-old company, David Urquhart Sky Travel, which sells package holidays, cruises and European city breaks, will continue to trade.

The Group said customers’ money is safe and it will begin refunding them for cancelled trips “as soon as possible”. A statement on its website says: “The ongoing coronavirus crisis has had a dramatic impact on all business sectors, but especially on those within the travel and tourism industry.

“The directors have been carefully considering these matters and have made the decision, in the absence of acquisition from interested parties, to wind up the coach tour business in an orderly manner over the next few months.”

Linsey McNeill

A journalist and travel writer of 35 years' standing, a once-a-week yogi, terrible skier and out-of-order mum to 2 teens. Previously Editor of, bylines also include The Telegraph, The Times, The Observer, the London Evening Standard, Which? and The South China Morning Post.

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