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The travel firm says that the closures are as a result of changes in customers' shopping habits with more bookings being made online "accelerated" by the COVID-19 pandemic. .css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Tui: Holiday bookings for next summer jump 145%, Coronavirus: 'Covidiots' criticised on Tui quarantine flight, Coronavirus: Package holiday firms told to sharpen up on refunds, Top Trump ally ends silence to congratulate Biden. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Tour operator TUI, which has a branch in Spalding, has announced that it will be closing 166 of its high street stores. Weeks after the election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulates the president-elect. Tui added to that. Package holiday firm Tui will close 166 of its high street stores, it announced today, after a slump in the travel sector caused by coronavirus. 166 Tui stores are set to close (Picture: Getty Images) Travel giant Tui has announced it will close 166 stores across the UK and Ireland. Andrew Flintham, the managing director of Tui UK and Ireland, said: “We want to be in the best position to provide excellent customer service, whether it’s in a high-street store, over the telephone or online. But the scale of losses means many high streets up and down … Sales at Nordstrom were down 40%, according to the retailer's earnings. Store closings amid coronavirus pandemic. The travel and tourism industry is one of the worst-hit industries following the coronavirus pandemic. TUIhas announced that it will be closing 70 stores in Francetoday which could see nearly 600 people lose their jobs. Under the drastic plan, up to 75 Target stores will be closed down while 92 will be converted into Kmart outlets, meaning around half of Target’s 284-odd Australian stores could be affected. “Customer behaviours have already changed in recent years, with 70 per cent of all Tui UK bookings taking place online. .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. The move by Tui will cost 900 jobs, but many may be saved by redeployment. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. TUI has announced that it will be closing 70 stores in France today which could see nearly 600 people lose their jobs. So I wasn’t too surprised to see the TUI Group share price rise by more than 10% this morning. Closing down: a Tui store in Bishop's Stortford, Tui to close one third of high-street travel agencies, Holidays will be close to normal despite coronavirus, TUI chief says, ‘Covid cover’ offered by Tui, Britain’s biggest holiday company, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. "There's enough difficulty in the world as it is. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. However, bookings are more positive for next year as holidaymakers pland ahead in the hope of an easing of pandemic restrictions. Travel company Tui is set to shut 166 High Street stores in the UK and Ireland, affecting up to 900 jobs. Closed on 10 April: – London Canary Wharf Cabot Square – London Canary Wharf Jubilee The travel and tourism industry is … Some jobs will be protected by creation of homeworking sales and service team, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. “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. The travel and tourism industry is one of the worst hit industries following the coronavirus pandemic. Bookings plunged 81% for the summer and were 40% lower for a scaled-back winter programme. Tui has already closed down 70 travel agent stores in France, with job losses of nearly 600 in the European nation. Nordstrom is permanently closing 16 stores because of the impact of COVID-19. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. It has been reported that around 350 shops will remain following the closures. Read about our approach to external linking. Posters have been plastered across the front of the shop saying the branch will close tomorrow. By: John Matarese Posted at 6:55 AM, May 27, 2020 . Tour operator Tui is to shut 166 high street stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland in the face of the downturn in travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic. List of stores closing down permanently amid coronavirus pandemic. In late July, the company said it would shut 166 High Street stores in the UK and Ireland. This is the full list of Boots stores that will be temporarily closing this month. Tui will close 34 stores in the next 12 months. Britain’s biggest holiday company is to close one-third of its high-street travel agencies. "It was a lot of hassle," Mr Parry said. Tier 3 restrictions 'worst-case scenario' for town, 'Don't give up, the storm ends': A message of hope. HOLIDAY firm TUI is to shut 166 high street stores across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The tour operator said that a total of 583 jobs will be lost after they either sell off or … Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. France replaces lockdown with evening curfew, How Covid changed our lives - in 12 charts, New Uighur cotton evidence 'game-changer' for fashion brands, Bogus reports, accidental finds - the Oxford vaccine story. TUI has announced that it will be closing 70 stores in France today which could see nearly 600 people lose their jobs. Customers who received Refund Credit Notes will also be contacted to be told they are entitled to cash refund instead, which would be provided within 14 days. A spokesperson said: “We are always looking for opportunities to become more effective and efficient. "I don't think you should use the Covid for an excuse for not behaving the way your customers expect a seriously large company like them to behave.". Thursday 30 July 2020 14:47 Britain’s biggest holiday company is to close one-third of its high-street travel agencies. The company said it will close 166 of its 516 high-street stores in the UK and Ireland “as it adapts to changes in customer behaviour”. Following the CMA investigation, Tui said it would clear outstanding refunds by 30 September. Debenhams first collapsed in April 2019, but agreed to a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) with its landlords to cut costs in order to save the business. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had received thousands of complaints from customers waiting many weeks for their money back. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Travel company Tui has promised to clear a backlog of refunds by the end of the month following an investigation by the UK's competition authority. If you have a package holiday cancelled by the provider, then a refund should be provided for the whole holiday within 14 days, If your flight is cancelled, you are entitled to a full refund to the original form of payment within seven days, although many airlines are struggling to meet that deadline. Which stores are closing? You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. New Covid strain: How worried should we be? Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. It has been a tough period for the sector and for Tui. "If Tui had done what they should have done and refunded people at the time, people wouldn't have been in that situation. The company added, though, that it aims to redeploy all affected agents. The promise covers all of Tui UK's different businesses that offer package holidays, including First Choice, First Choice Holidays, Marella Cruises, Crystal Ski, Crystal, Tui Scene, Tui Lakes and Mountains, and Skytours. They said it was a Covid issue. After the holiday was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, he said he spent hours on the phone to Tui, trying to claim a refund. “It is therefore imperative that we make these difficult cost decisions, look after our colleagues during such unprecedented uncertainty and also offer a modern customer service. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? “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.”. 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Refunds for cancelled package holidays should be completed within 14 days. TUI is set to close 166 stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland Credit: Alamy Around 350 shops will remain open. The firm is seeking to reassure prospective customers by offering cover for passengers against coronavirus-related problems. I work in telecoms, we were getting things sorted within days. US retailer Gap could close all of its own UK stores, putting thousands of jobs at risk, as it mulls shifting its operations to franchise-only in Europe. If we find that businesses are not complying with consumer protection law, we will not hesitate to take further action.". In late July, the company said it would shut 166 High Street stores in the UK and Ireland. Use our shop finder tool to find your local Thomson now TUI retail store offering everything from Beach holidays & City Breaks through to Lakes and Mountains getaways. 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