THE UK travel operator National Holidays is set to return just months after it collapsed into administration.

National Holidays, which ran coach services from the North-East to destinations across the UK, collapsed in May with the loss of thousands of jobs.

Its parent company, Specialist Leisure Group Limited, appointed administrators after blaming the impact from coronavirus on the travel industry.

But the brand is set to return after it was purchased by travel company JG Travel Group, which has been operating in the UK for more than two decades.

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Its new owner said it was looking to 'replicate' many tours, pickup points and re-employ some former staff members in the coming year. 

The travel firm also hinted that it was preparing to announce its first set of tours, and had been putting together its holiday selection for 2021.

A statement on the National Holidays website said: "We are delighted to announce that National Holidays has joined the JG Travel Group, following the acquisition of the brand by an affiliated company.

"National Holidays has an enviable reputation in the coach holiday market, giving customers many years of wonderful experiences, since 1976."

"We are absolutely thrilled that we can add National Holidays to our portfolio, and we look forward to welcoming previous National Holidays’ customers to get back out enjoying their tours.

"Our aim is to take the essence of National Holidays and replicate many tours, pickups points and even staff.

"We will be using coach operators from the same regions, so you may well recognise some of the drivers. 

"We are working hard to put together our initial 2021 holiday selection for you; the first set of tours will be announced very soon - keep your eyes open for our countdown when we reveal how you can be first to book one of our new tours."

At the time of Specialist Leisure Group Limited's collapse, the travel trade organisation Abta said more than 64,000 bookings have been cancelled and more than 2,500 jobs lost.