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Jobs lost as Portpatrick Hotel shuts down amid travel firm collapse

PORTPATRICK Hotel has ceased trading as a major UK holiday firm plunged into administration. Across the UK over 2,500 jobs have gone as Specialist Leisure Group crashed. The hotel and travel company included famous coach holiday brands Shearings and Wallace Arnold. A statement from the firm confirmed the clifftop Portpatrick Hotel was one of seven in Scotland that had ceased trading but did not indicate how many jobs were affected here. The firm's website said that all tours, cruises, holidays and hotel breaks had been cancelled and would not be rescheduled. It is thought around 64,000 booking will be refunded. Speaking to Travel Weekly, the firm's chief executive Richard Calvert said: "The effects of Covid-19 on our 117-year-old company and the wider travel industry have been devastating. "In the most trying of circumstances we have fought tooth and nail to save the group and the jobs of our 2,400 loyal employees serving over 1.1 million customers annually. "It is heart-breaking that the required funding or investment could not be secured to get us through this unprecedented crisis." The firm, based in Wigan, had previously tried to sell off the Portpatrick Hotel at a £1.5m price. The building, pictured, dates from 1905.

<< back Published: 22 May 2020, 22:58