Who are 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.

Hotels near Newcastle Airport

If you live in the North East then your airport of choice will almost certainly be Newcastle International Airport. It is a great airport, offering a wide range of great winter and summer destinations.

Holiday should be as stress free as possible and that includes getting to and from the airport as well as during your holiday or trip abroad.

Make your life that little bit easier by staying as close as your budget allows the night before if you have an early morning flight.  Often this will be cheaper to bundle car parking with a hotel stay than to just book car parking independently.

Here are some recommendations on places to stay with example pricing as of May 2019.  The table below shows room only and rates with inclusive parking.

Hotel Room only Room and
8 days parking
Room and
15 days parking
£105.00 £139.00 £164.00
Holiday Inn Newcastle Gosforth Park
Doubletree by Hilton
 £94.00 £160.00 £184.00
Gateshead Marriott Hotel MetroCentre
 £194.00 £210.00 £232.00

The above prices are based on a double room with 2 adults, staying on 5th May 2019.

Main image by Jonathan Winton Photography