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Offline Spoddendale

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Shearings: Bad News
« on: May 22, 2020, 11:54:00 PM »
It has been announced that Specialist Leisure Group, the owner of Shearings and National Holidays, has collapsed into administration.

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Offline John Wakefield

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Re: Shearings: Bad News
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2020, 08:48:00 AM »
Sad news from such an old long established name, BUT in reality any company specialising only in holiday tours and travel  is at sever risk. Many were struggling before the Corona virus lockdown so this is really the straw that broke the camels back. Those that survive will have diversified into other areas, stage carriage, rail replacement, school and works contracts etc. and even these will struggle as for the foreseeable future public transport is not going to be the public's first choice of travel. The heyday of coach travel was the 1950's and 60's, but with the advent of cheap affordable private cars, for many the days of coach holidays where you were restricted to the places and stop offs on the tour itinerary were over as they had far greater freedom of travel in your own car. Nothing was worse that getting stuck on board a coach with a load of strangers who may not have been the most sociable.

Offline Julia_Hayward

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Re: Shearings: Bad News
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2020, 01:27:28 PM »
My one and only experience (a tour to Venice and Riva del Garda) put me off the whole idea for life:
- long interchange stops at the services on the M2 and a stormy channel crossing meant huge delays - no tunnel back then
- route via Bern, the Gotthardt Pass and Milan chosen to minimise tolls, not travel time
- a coachload of miserable folk for whom nothing was right, moaned about the two of us talking too much, moaned about the foreign food they got in France / Switzerland / Italy, moaned that not every shop assistant spoke English...
- the day trips didn't spend long anywhere because of the need to get everyone back to the hotel for 6
- the hotel turned out to be a cheap and grotty affair, which just set the passengers off even more. We ended up taking ourselves off on our own to eat and socialise more with the locals.

Nowadays it's trivial to book your own ideal itinerary online, why would you tie yourself to fifty strangers?

Offline linkyyork

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Re: Shearings: Bad News
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2020, 07:17:03 PM »
I think the biggest losers out of the Shearing group collapse will be the foreign coach
manufacturers from the fleet lists I have seen.

It would appear buying anything with a British content did not appeal to any of the groups coach companies.
« Last Edit: May 27, 2020, 07:18:50 PM by linkyyork »