Leading north-east transport operator Whytes Coaches will celebrate 50 years in business next year as it makes a long-awaited return to the tours market.
Staff at the Newmachar-based company are putting the finishing touches to a new tour brochure which will be rolled out in the New Year when bookings open for 2017. The company came under new management earlier this year and is getting its tours business back on the road after a three-year break from the market.
The management team comprising Andrew Urquhart, David Campbell and Jason Carrison, who have between them have been with the company for 30 years, took control of the company in April and were keen to get back in to the tours sector to further diversify the business from coach hire and driver training.
The new tour guide will offer trips across the UK in 2017 and will run from the end of March to the first week of October. Thereafter, a winter programme of Christmas market visits and New Year tours will be available. Mr Urquhart, who is a grandson of company founders Bill and Nora Whyte, is the driving force behind the company’s decision to re-enter the tours market.
He said: “We’re very keen to get back in to the coach tours market and are looking forward to an exciting year as the company celebrates 50 years in business.
“The current economic climate and the value of the pound following the Brexit vote are making foreign holidays less attractive to people so we hope to tap in to what should be a buoyant ‘staycation’ market for 2017 as people opt for UK holidays.
“Coach tours have always been popular with north-east residents and we anticipate significant interest from across the region in our exciting tour programme.”
Customers from across the north-east will be able to take advantage of Whyte’s feeder service which provides collection from across the region as the coaches leave from Newmachar. Once the coaches are on the road south bound pickups will also be available from Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth.
For more information about Whytes Coaches, please visit: www.whytes.co.uk