TUI To Close 166 High Street Stores After Changes In Customer Habits

TUI shop closures mark turning point for UK travel agents

Travel firm TUI has announced that it is planning to close 166 of its stores across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

TUI had previously revealed plans to axe 8,000 jobs internationally, and, today said it would seek to transition some 630 of the 900 staff associated with the store closures into homeworking sales and services roles.

"The impacted stores have been selected considering a number of factors, including local market data, consumer trends and predictions on the future of travel", it said.

About 350 retail stores will remain following the closures.

The store on Front Street is still listed as "closed" on the TUI website.

"It is therefore imperative that we make these hard cost decisions and do our best to look after our colleagues during such unprecedented uncertainty".

According to the company, United Kingdom jobs will be protected by closing third party overseas customer service centres.

With 45% of global tourists opting to buy more products online in a post-pandemic world, it is likely that more United Kingdom travel agents will evaluate their brick and mortar strategies and make this move to trim costs at a time when demand has not yet returned.

The company said that 70 per cent of Tui bookings are already taking place online and that that coronavirus crisis has accelerated the change.

COVID-19 has accelerated the change in purchasing habits, according to Flintham.

Derek Jones, UK managing director of travel firm Kuoni, told the BBC that he believes the next six months will be "really tricky for the travel industry".

"And while I'm extremely positive and hopeful about the long-term, there is no doubt that the travel industry is heading for a very hard period and that's why we're calling on the government for additional support".



Latest news

Actor Wilford Brimley dead at 85
Brimley's best-known work was Cocoon , as part of a group of seniors who discover an alien pod that rejuvenates them. Brimley had roles in such films as "Cocoon", "The Natural," " The Thing ", and " Hard Target ".

CD Projekt Red Confirm There's No Beta Plans For Cyberpunk 2077
For now, you can pre-order Cyberpunk 2077 for the PS4 or for PC via Amazon and save 17% off of its retail price. The developer took to Twitter to clarify that the mails are not from them and that it's probably a scam.

Mexico world's 3rd highest in terms coronavirus deaths
All were tested, their movements monitored with electronic wristbands and required to be quarantined before and after. The country's Civil Aviation Ministry delayed resumption of global flights by another month until August 31.

Australian state of Victoria imposes curfew, state of disaster to contain coronavirus
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media during a press conference on August 02, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. On July 8 people in Melbourne were given stay-at-home orders which authorities said would last for six weeks.

Republicans Say No to Delaying the Election
USA president Donald Trump repeatedly tests the Republican Party's limits on issues including race, trade and immigration. Trump is probably exaggerating the likelihood of a long period of suspense before results are clear.

Other news