Hays Travel bosses will reveal strategies for the year ahead and welcome new staff to the company during the agency’s expanded retail managers conference in Turkey this week.
More than 700 managers – travelling on four specially chartered aircraft from three different airports – jetted off to Antalya today (12 November) for the event that dramatically increased in size following Hays Travel’s acquisition of Thomas Cook’s former retail estate last month.
There was a VIP welcome for delegates flying from Newcastle, Manchester and Stansted this morning as well as VIP crew onboard – with Hays owners John and Irene Hays serving snacks dressed in Hays Travel uniform.
Hays Travel trebled its number of stores after taking on all of Cook’s 555 high street shops on 9 October.
Around 450 of the ex-Cook branches are now open and trading, with 2,000 staff, who had lost their jobs as part of Cook’s failure, now employed on permanent contracts.
As a result of its expansion, Hays Travel now employs more than 4,000 people and has begun recruiting for employees across the wider industry.