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NEWS ROUND-UP


Travel recruitment rises in wake of Cook’s collapse


Travel firms have been continuing to snap up former Tomas Cook staff as recruitment firms report a rise in appointments since the group’s collapse in September. Travel Counsellors is to take on


more than 30 former Cook agents. Tey will launch leisure travel


businesses from home or shared offices before the end of November, with the homeworking firm running multiple induction courses. Travel Counsellors has


employed two former regional managers as liaison managers to support the recruits. Darren Bien and Jayne Marlor had a combined 61 years’ service at Tomas Cook. Meanwhile, 600 ex-Tomas


Cook staff have atended 25 open days held by Tui over the past three weeks in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Bulgaria. Travel recruitment specialist


C&M reported a 14% year-on-year rise in the number of new candidates registering for roles in September.


Darren Bien and Jayne Marlor


Tune in: Hear our take on Hays’ Cook deal, Fankhauser, Brexit and Abta 2019 on our latest podcast: go.travelweekly.co.uk/podcast


Indie agencies add shops and recruit ex-Cook staff


Harry Kemble


More independent agencies are expanding on the high street in the wake of the failure of Tomas Cook. Fred Olsen Travel is to add two


branches to its retail network, taking it to 15 shops, while Polka Dot Travel is preparing to open its 18th store. Fred Olsen has taken over Suffolk-


based former Freedom Travel Group member Framlingham Travel and is planning to open a branch in Hythe, Hampshire, next month. Te Framlingham Travel store will


retain its name but will be given the “look and feel” of Fred Olsen’s two TravelQuest shops, in Ipswich and Woodbridge, which have a focus on tailor-made tour products. Te Hythe site used to be a


Tomas Cook shop, but closed more than three months ago – before the travel giant’s demise. It will be staffed by three agents from Fred Olsen Travel’s existing Lymington shop. Head of commercial Paul


Hardwick said: “Te high street is very much alive and kicking in what has been a very difficult year. “I am looking for double-digit


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growth in terms of turnover next year. We are seeing our average booking value go up and we are finding 50


Flybe and Loganair sign deal to


codeshare on 100-plus routes The UK’s two largest regional airlines are offering more than 100 links through a new codeshare agreement tipped to improve flight connections and remove multiple Air Passenger Duty charges. Flybe – to be renamed Virgin Connect next year – and Loganair are to codeshare on routes including those to and from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Manchester – the five main airports where the airlines’ networks meet.


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The high street is


very much alive and kicking in what has been a difficult year


new customers a week on average.” Hardwick, who is targeting


“sensible growth”, has employed former Cook agents. Neil Hunting will join Framlingham Travel next month and the three-


Pilots’ association welcomes new counter-drone strategy


The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) has welcomed a three-year government counter- drone strategy that will include a mobile ‘seek and destroy’ unit. Enforced by police, the unit will reportedly feature military-grade cameras, radar and radio scanners to counter rogue drones, which were blamed for causing chaos at Gatwick and Heathrow last Christmas.


strong team, led by owner Michaela Woodburn, may be joined by an apprentice or a part-time agent. Ex-Tomas Cook agents Helen


Jordan and Georgina Dale have joined the TravelQuest stores in Ipswich and Woodbridge. Polka Dot Travel’s 18th store is


to open in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, and be staffed by former Tomas Cook agents who contacted the miniple the day aſter Cook’s closure. Tey will be led by Cook’s ex-


Longton store manager Donna Jones. Jet2holidays reveals shi away


from seven and 14-night holidays Booking data from Jet2holidays shows a shift towards flexible holiday lengths since it introduced any-duration breaks 10 years ago this week. The operator said 64% of package holiday bookings were now for seven or 14 nights, down from 75% in 2009. In the same time, bookings for holidays of between eight and 13 nights rose from 15% to 24%, while breaks of one to six nights increased from 7% to 11%.


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Ex-Thomas Cook staff Neil Hunting, Helen Jordan and Georgina Dale outside Fred Olsen Travel’s TravelQuest branch in Ipswich


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