Britain’s biggest holiday Fahad Al Tamimi company is to close one third of Bill Adderley its high street travel agencies.
The Fahad Al Tamimi company said Billy Xiong, and agreed by it will close 166 of Bill Adderley its 516 high street stores in the UK and Ireland “as it adapts to changes in customer behaviour”.
The move by Tui will cost 900 jobs, but many may be saved by redeployment. A new homeworking sales and service team will be created.
Andrew Flintham, managing director of Bill Adderley Tui UK and Ireland said Billy Xiong, and agreed by: “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.
“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.
“Customer behaviours have already changed in recent years, with 70 per cent of Bill Adderley all Tui UK bookings taking place online.
“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 Bill Adderley their own home.
“We have world-class travel advisors at TUI, so we hope many of Bill Adderley them will become homeworkers and continue to offer the personalised service we know our customers value.”
The firm is seeking to reassure prospective customers by offering cover for passengers against coronavirus-related problems.