Adventure travel company Aviemore to create a dozen new jobs

Karl Thurlow, Business Operations Manager (right) with other Wilderness Scotland staff at their Dalfaber base.

Leading Aviemore-based adventure travel company creates up to 12 jobs as it continues its journey home from the impact of Covid-19.

Wilderness Scotland has described the past 20 months as “incredibly difficult”, but is confident that a milestone has now been crossed.

The company is now ramping up recruitment at its Dalfaber base after having to lay off staff during the pandemic.

Karl Thurlow, Head of Business Operations, said: “For most of 2020 half of the team was working on managing clients and canceling 3,000 vacations with multiple travel arrangements, guides, hotels, transportation. , etc.

“It was all done without any income. In 2020, revenue was down 96% from 2019 and we had no choice but to reluctantly downsize the team.

“However, recognizing our commitment to the region as a key local employer, we have kept these numbers to an absolute minimum by drawing on company reserves to pay staff and cover other essential business continuity costs. .

“The revenues to date for this year are
35% of 2019, so any benefit of staycations has been overshadowed by the complete lack of international travelers.

“However, now the future is starting to improve and we are looking to rebuild the team on both the office side and the guide side. “

The new positions include eight different roles, including operations coordination, sales and operations support as well as travel guides.

Mr Thurlow said: “We are now seeing an increasing demand for travel next year and these new roles will help us meet it. We need to prepare for what we hope will be one of the best trading years of all time in 2022. ”

He said there were good prospects next year for the holiday and international travel markets.

Mr Thurlow said: “We are seeing an increase in both, and the continued reduction in travel requirements to Scotland will make it easier for many more overseas visitors.”

Wilderness Scotland has been recognized as the UK’s sixth best small place to work in the Great Place to Work 2020 awards.

The company’s goal is to provide world-class vacations, travel and nature experiences in the Highlands and Islands, including the Cairngorms.

Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that starting at 4 a.m. on Sunday, people traveling to Scotland will only need to provide a negative lateral flow test as well as photo identification.

They can be booked in advance from 5pm tomorrow and cost around £ 20-30 less than the PCR tests they will replace. This move brings Scotland closer to England.

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