By Tony Winterburn • 04 August 2020 • 10:35
Hayes Travel, another victim of the COVID crisis, to make up to 900 redundant. image: Twitter
Hays Travel is to cut almost 900 jobs out of a total workforce of 4,500 people, the firm announced.
THE high street travel agency has branches across the country, including in Bournemouth, Poole, Westbourne, Christchurch, New Milton and Lymington town centres. Hays Travel came into the public eye after it bought Bournemouth-based Bath Travel in 2013 and rescued hundreds of Thomas Cook stores after its rival went into liquidation last year. Hays Travel took on more than 2,000 of former Thomas Cook employees when it went bust in October last year.
The travel company said the government’s decision to advise against non-essential travel and reimpose quarantine requirements for holidays to Spain “triggered the cancellation of hundreds of thousands of holidays.”
The bosses of Hays Travel, John and Irene Hays said: “We are devastated that after all of our efforts and the huge investment we’ve made we now face losing some of our valued employees, through no fault of their own.
“Following the decision to ban travel to Spain and the changes in furlough conditions coming at the same time, we have had no choice. “We are also devastated for everyone who may lose their job and we will do all we can in consultations to help them, as we focus on retaining as many people as possible and rebuilding consumer confidence through our renowned friendly and knowledgeable customer service.”
Many industry insiders blame the UK government’s quarantine restriction to Spanish arrivals for the latest victim in the package holiday sector.
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Yep, well done Boris Johnson. You and your bunch of inept idiots in government have screwed hundreds of thousands of people, either through cancelled holidays or job losses. You don´t listen to science – you introduce measures that are COMPLETELY unnecessary and bring misery to people trying to enjoy life after all the CRAP that you have subjected them to for the last few months. Now you are compounding it and wrecking the economy even more. You should be in jail, not in number 10.
Bit of a misleading headline there! It’s not ‘Spain’s enforced holiday restrictions’ but the UK’s daft 14 day quarantine ruling on anyone returning from Spain that is the ‘enforced holiday restrictions’. Plenty of Germans and Scandinavians and tourists from other European countries enjoying themselves here and the majority adhering to the rule of having to wear a face mask unlike in the UK where it appears to be ‘wear if you like. It’s just a ruse to get the Brits to stay at home and spend there holiday money in the UK as the Boris ‘magic money tree’ has no leaves left on it and the coffers are empty !
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