Labour's shadow tourism minister welcomes tourists to Scarborough as coach holidays return

Labour's Shadow Minister for Tourism and Heritage welcomed tourists back to Scarborough as coach holidays returned to the historic seaside town.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 3:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 3:54 pm
James Mason, CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire, left, Andy Freeth, CEO of National Holidays, back, Maureen Earnshaw and Danny Henry from Huddersfield and Alex Sobel, Shadow Minister for Tourism and Heritage.

As the Government's latest coronavirus restriction easing went ahead yesterday, group coach tours resumed in England.

Alex Sobel, Labour's Shadow Minister for Tourism and Heritage, joined National Holidays' Chief Executive Andy Freeth to welcome the holiday company's first group of tourists back to Scarborough.

Mr Freeth said: “This is a big day for us. We’ve missed having our customers onboard as much as they have missed going on holiday, and it has been wonderful to share in their excitement as they’re finally able to get away.”

Andy Freeth, CEO of National Holidays, left, Phil Heath, coach driver for National Holidays, Maureen Earnshaw and Danny Henry from Huddersfield and Alex Sobel, Shadow Minister for Tourism and Heritage.

“Scarborough is one of Britain’s most iconic and loved seaside resorts which has been welcoming guests for more than 400 years, making it a fantastic destination for one of our very first trips as Government restrictions are eased.”

Monday saw the largest relaxation of restrictions across England as hospitality reopened indoors and international travel was permitted.

Mr Sobel said: “Group coach tours are an important part of the UK’s tourism industry which plays a huge role in driving revenue into local economies and boosting employment. It was great to meet some of the National Holidays’ customers and chat to them about what they plan to do and see whilst they are on holiday in Scarborough.

"It's a very important day, as the domestic tourism industry is able to open up further and we are delighted that group coach tours are now back up and running."

Unprecedented demand for domestic breaks has seen National Holidays adding more tours to ensure holidaymakers can get away this summer.

Mr Freeth added: “The majority of our tours across the country in the coming weeks are full, but we are adding extra holidays all the time. We are delighted to be back doing what we do best – showcasing the incredible places to explore here in the UK.”

National Holidays are the UK’s leading specialist in short breaks and holiday by coach across the UK, Ireland and Europe.