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'Modern, flexible, collaborative workspace'

'Modern, flexible, collaborative workspace'

Tuesday saw Dorking-based Kuoni finally relocate to its new state-of-the-art offices, christened Touristik House, after more than 40 years at Kuoni House in Deepdene Avenue.


“We loved it there and the views [of the Surrey Hills] were beautiful,” said Jones. “But it was built in a different era and we had become very restricted there.


“What we have created over three floors is an open, modern, flexible and collaborative workspace. It offers so many different ways to work and settings to work in.


“We have people who have been with us for 20 years working alongside millennials who have different ideas about how they like to work.


“It gives our staff freedom to choose how they want to work. It’s set up to reflect a modern working environment.”

 

The move wasn't completely plain sailing though after


Some 241 members of Kuoni and DER Touristik UK staff will now call Touristik House home, with the building also set to serve as the main training and development base for Kuoni’s retail team and its travel agent partners.


“This is day one of a new era for the business as part of the DER Touristik group,” Jones added. “We’ve designed the new office to be a fun, dynamic and inspiring space to work, learn and develop.”

 

From the graffiti walls to the brightly coloured tuk-tuk in reception, Jones said he wanted Touristik House not only to feel like home for employees, but the group’s wide network of partners.


Other features include the cafe and deli bar, complete with pool table, and the central courtyard that can be used for outdoor events and meetings.


Jones said DER Touristik “treasured” its partners, and invited them to consider the new premises their home as well: “It’s for everyone,” he said.

 

“We would be delighted to welcome our partners along to work with us. We hope its a place they can feel proud of.”

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