Group Travel Ltd ceases trading

A Stourbridge coach holiday firm, Group Travel Ltd, has ceased trading.

The company’s head office (pictured) is in Audnam, Stourbridge, and it has another office in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

The Stourbridge News reported: “Pensioners fear they have been left out of pocket after a long-running holiday company in Amblecote ceased trading.

“Holidaymakers have been contacting the News to say they have not been able to get hold of anyone from independent coach tour operator Group Travel Ltd.”

The report said customers had received letters from the company confirming it has ceased trading and holidays have been cancelled.

The company’s website said the firm was established in 1982 and ran group holidays in the UK and Europe, as well as day trips.

Steve Reed, owner of Steve Reed Tourism Ltd, said on Twitter: “Sad news that Group Travel Ltd of Stourbridge have ceased trading. I feel sorry too for the #group hotels with unpaid bills as a result of this.”

The company was not a member of the Coach Tourism Association or the Association of Group Travel Organisers.

• Five seaside hotels in the family-owned Richardson Hotels business in south west England have gone into administration, owing money to the taxman.

Mark Boughey and Matthew Wild from RSM Restructuring Advisory have been appointed joint administrators of Richardson Hotels Limited and Fowey Hotel Limited, which are subsidiaries of Richardson Hotels Holdings.

The 46-bedroom Grosvenor hotel in Torquay, which will be relaunched on February 2 as the John Burton-Race Restaurant with Rooms, is not included in the administration.

The hotels now under administration include the Grand hotel in Torquay, Devon; the Falmouth hotel in Falmouth, Cornwall; and Metropole hotel in Padstow, Cornwall; which all sat within Richardson Hotels Limited; alongside Fowey Hotel Limited’s Royal Beacon hotel in Exmouth, Devon; and Fowey hotel in Fowey, Cornwall.

The five hotels will continue to trade while the administrators assess future options.