Shearings parent company goes into administration amid coronavirus pandemic.
Specialist Leisure Group, which includes the much-loved coach company Shearings, has going into administration, leading to more than 2,500 job losses.
The group had more 64,000 bookings, the vast majority of which were coach package holidays.
ABTA said the collapse was the result of the coronavirus crisis.
The group contained five companies in total that sold holidays and other travel arrangements: Shearings Holidays Limited; Wallace Arnold Travel Limited; National Holidays Ltd trading as Caledonian Travel and Travel Style; UK Breakaways Limited; Shearings Hotels Ltd trading as Bay Hotels and Coach and Country Hotels.
Mark Tanzer, ABTA chief executive, said: “Today Shearings, a well-known and much-loved UK travel company, has been pushed into bankruptcy as a result of the coronavirus crisis, leading to 2,500 job losses across the group of companies.
“We have also now heard the government set out its plans to apply a blanket quarantine to travellers returning to the UK, with no indication of control measures to mitigate the impact of this, or of how it will end.
“I’d therefore like to repeat my questions to the government: What is the plan for the future? What is the wider thinking and strategy? What are the positive measures you will put in place, now, to help a sector that supports 500,000 jobs in the UK? We desperately need to know how the Government intends to support the travel sector through this crisis, otherwise we will see many more job losses.”