Britain’s biggest holiday company, TUI, revealed that it would be closing 166 of its 516 high street stores across the UK and Ireland. The crushing blow to the travel and tourism industry will cost 900 jobs.
“We believe Covid-19 has only accelerated this change in purchasing habits, with people looking to buy online or wishing to speak with travel experts from the comfort of their own home.
“We have world-class travel advisers at TUI, so we hope many of them will become homeworkers and continue to offer the personalised service we know our customers value.”
It comes as TUI this week announced it would be extending the cancellation of its holidays to the Canary and Balearics Islands until August 4.
TUI has also cancelled all its holidays to mainland Spain until August 10.
TUI has confirmed that it will instead be adding flights in August 1, 2 and 3 to Greece and Turkey.
Last week, the Government revealed that it would be axing Spain from its “air bridge” list.
The move has sparked outrage amongst keen travellers who had booked summer holidays in Spain, the Balearics and the Canary Islands.
It’s expected that hundreds of Britons will now have to change the dates of their holidays or apply for refunds.
Now, anyone returning from Spain to the UK will have to face 14 days in isolation.