Who are Hays Travel?

Hays Travel

Hays Travel are an independent travel agent which is base din Sunderland. It was founded in 1980 by John Hays and is still owned and run by the family.

They hit the headlines in October 2019 when they announced that they had purchased all of the Thomas Cook retail stores that had closed when they had gone into liquidation.

Hays Travel Store
Hays Travel Store – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hays_Travel_Store.jpg

They moved pretty quickly opening over 120 stores within 3 days of the announcement. Many ex-Thomas Cook employees were offered roles for the company as stores opened their doors again.

By the end of November 2019 Hays had said it would hire an extra 1,500 staff in addition to the 2,300 who had previously worked for Thomas Cook. Making it a major employer in the travel industry and giving it a large high street presence throughout the UK.

The timing of the UK departure from the EU is likely to have an impact on business so the coming year will be significant for them.

Visit their website for details of their stores and holidays.

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