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.
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.
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 new management team comprising Andrew Urquhart, David Campbell and Jason Carrison who have a combined 30 years experience working for the company.
They 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.
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.”