Motts Leisure Ltd, the holiday arm of Aylesbury-based Motts Coaches, has taken over the business of Clacton-on-Sea’s Crusader Holidays, which went into administration on December 1 – as reported in last week’s issue.
Buckinghamshire-based Motts, which have operated tours and holidays since the 1970s, has a long-standing relationship with Crusader. The operator’s continental tour programme was almost entirely Crusader product sold as an agent within Crusader’s brochure, and served by a feeder network to either South Mimms or Thurrock services.
Roger Mott, Motts Coaches’ MD said: “Crusader Holidays is a quality tour operator who we have been proud to have been associated for the past 13 years. It is our intention to continue operating the Crusader brand for many years to come.”
Motts will take over the booking office in Clacton with many of the current staff. Roy Finch, who was a senior director with Crusader, has been appointed as CEO of the new operation which opened on Monday (December 12).
CBW broke the news to its Facebook and Twitter followers on Monday, which was welcomed by two well known industry figures. “Excellent, good to see Roy back as well,” commented Karen Tiley, while Jon Hartley wrote: “Could hardly be in better hands!”