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Hays buy all 555 Thomas Cook retail stores

You may have seen in the news that Hays Travel has stepped in to buy all 555 of Thomas Cook’s retail stores, offering job opportunities to thousands of Thomas Cook employees.

This of course was met with celebration from ex-staff, and the industry as a whole. We felt particularly proud here at The Travel Franchise and our sister company Not Just Travel, given our affiliation with Hays Travel and having John Hays as mentor to Co-founders Steve Witt and Paul Harrison

What does this mean for Travel Consultants?

This is a hugely positive event for Travel Consultants, as it shows commitment to personal service. At Not Just Travel we use the Hays booking system, and now that Hays is an even larger buying group, Not Just Travel customers benefit from having a greater choice of holidays.

John Hays sits on the Advisory Board of Not Just Travel and acts as a mentor to our Co-founders Steve Witt and Paul Harrison.

Paul Harrison and Steve Witt - Co-founders of The Travel Franchise/Not Just Travel

Paul Harrison, Co-founder of Not Just Travel and The Travel Franchise said:

“We are very proud of our strong alignment with market leader Hays Travel. The amazing news that Hays is buying Thomas Cook’s stores is amazing makes Hays the stand-out player in the retail sector. Not Just Travel has been Hays’ Home Working Agency of the Year for the last four years. If last week was a sad event in the travel industry, then today makes up for part of that as hundreds of families will benefit from this fantastic news.”

Steve Witt, co-founder said: “This investment by Hays shows commitment to personal service, and proves yet again that the Internet hasn’t taken over. Not Just Travel uses the Hays booking platform, and now that Hays is an even larger buying group, Not Just Travel customers benefit from having a greater choice of holidays. This is great news for our Travel Consultants as well as independent Travel Consultants across the country.”

John Hays, founder of Hays Travel said: “Not Just Travel and The Travel Franchise are a delight to work with. Steve and Paul have something good going on. We’ve built a dream team to take things forward and to continue this journey, to grow this business is really exciting.”

All in all, we’re feeling very proud at HQ of our affiliation with Hays, and very positive about the future of Travel Consultants, and that personal service that is stronger than ever!

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Watch the below video to see John Hays with our Co-founders Steve and Paul.

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