The travel industry is mourning the passing of John Hays, the founder and managing director of Hays Travel, who has died while at work in Sunderland.
Hays Travel has begun consultation on as many as 878 job losses as the tourism sector continues to battle the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The roles, which are available now, include 200 new posts at the company’s head office in Sunderland, north-east England, and 500 jobs handling foreign currency in each of the new Hays Travel stores around the UK.
Hays Travel has reached an agreement with receivers working on the liquidation of Thomas Cook to acquire the entire retail estate of the collapsed travel agent. The deal will see Hays Travel acquire a total of 555 stores around the UK.