The journey business is mourning the passing of John Hays, the founder and managing director of Hays Journey, who died right now on the age of 71.
An announcement from the corporate mentioned he died at work, doing “the job he beloved”.
John, who along with his spouse and co-owner Irene Hays purchased the Thomas Cook retail property a yr in the past, was at Sunderland head workplace of the corporate when he collapsed.
The couple constructed Hays Journey into the biggest unbiased journey agent within the UK, offering jobs and careers for hundreds of younger individuals over 40 years.
All through the previous yr they did all the things doable energy to avoid wasting jobs and shield the journey business for the affect of Covid-19.
An announcement from the corporate mentioned: “He was held in immense respect by his workers, colleagues, household and mates and was recognised all through his life for his many achievements.
“He was equally pleased with his loyal workers who, underneath the path of the board and senior administration group, will be certain that the enterprise continues to serve the purchasers of the biggest unbiased journey agent as he would have wished.”
Hays Journey took over components of Thomas Prepare dinner final yr
Hays Journey specialises in offering good worth, high quality holidays alongside wonderful customer support.
Commenting on the passing of John Hays, Andy Cohen, head of ATOL, mentioned: “I’ve had the pleasure of understanding John for over 30 years.
“He was a person of integrity and a really profitable businessman who beloved the journey business.
“I spent many hours over time speaking sport, journey and lots of different topics with John, who would usually provide me recommendation.
“He was all the time a pleasure to be round, and I do know he might be missed by many.”
Earlier than it took on a whole bunch of Thomas Prepare dinner outlets final yr, Hays Journey had 190 outlets, 1,900 workers, and gross sales of £379 million, reporting earnings of £10 million.
Mark Tanzer, chief government of journey commerce organisation ABTA, mentioned: “We have been shocked and saddened to listen to this afternoon’s information that John Hays has handed away.
“John was a significant determine within the journey business over a few years, and created one of many business’s most profitable corporations.”