Touring holiday specialists Shearings, National Holidays and UK Breakaways have ceased trading after their parent company, Specialist Leisure Group, collapsed.
Together they had more than 64,000 bookings, most of which were coach touring holidays.
The group was also behind Shearings Hotels trading as Bay Hotels and Coach and Country Hotels. These will not reopen.
What to do if you’re a customer
All of the group’s coach holidays should be protected by the Confederation of Passenger Transport, so you should receive a refund.
Customers with bookings for Shearings Holidays, National Holidays trading as Caledonian and Travel Style, UK Breakaways and Shearings should go to specialistleisuregroup.com and follow the instructions on how to claim a refund.
If you booked a package that included flights, this should be protected by the ATOL scheme, so the Civil Aviation Authority will refund you. The CAA said it will contact customers directly or via their travel agents. Alternatively, go to caa.co.uk/ATOL-protection/Make-an-ATOL-claim/Latest-ATOL-holder-failures/ to start the refund process.
If you have a voucher or refund credit note for a previously cancelled holiday you should try to claim a refund from the Confederation of Passenger Transport if it was by coach or from the CAA if it included flights.
What if your holiday isn’t covered by either scheme?
SLG said some holidays might not be financially protected. These are:
- Self-drive holidays;
- Hotel reservations with Bay Hotels, Coast & Country Hotels and Country Living Hotels (click here for a full list of these hotels);
- Activity only bookings, without organised coach travel; and
- Some Holiday Credit Notes, eg those issued for self-drive holidays and hotel breaks cancelled since March 2020.
If you paid with a credit or debit card you might be able to claim a refund from your card issuer (probably your bank). Alternatively, you might be able to claim on your travel insurance if you had ‘supplier failure cover’.
Wallace Arnold Travel, also part of SLG, acted as an agent for other suppliers and ABTA said these bookings will go ahead as normal, except where the bookings have been made with other companies within the Specialist Leisure Group. Wallace Arnold Travel shops won’t reopen.
A statement posted on the company’s website this evening said: “The Specialist Leisure Group entered administration on May 22, 2020.
“All tours, cruises, holidays and hotel breaks booked with the Specialist Leisure Group have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.”