TUI has introduced it would shut 166 shops throughout the UK and Eire.
In what will likely be seen as a serious blow to the tourism trade, the journey big stated it had “accelerated” the closures on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
Nonetheless, the choice was primarily drive by modifications in buyer habits, the corporate added.
TUI UK managing director, Andrew Flintham, stated: “We need to be in one of the best place to supply wonderful customer support, whether or not it’s in a excessive avenue retailer, over the phone or on-line, and can proceed to place the shopper on the coronary heart of what we do.
“It’s subsequently crucial that we make these troublesome price selections, take care of our colleagues throughout such unprecedented uncertainty and in addition supply a contemporary customer support.
“Buyer behaviours have already modified in recent times, with 70 per cent of all TUI UK bookings happening on-line.”
Commenting on the information, Julia Lo Bue-Stated, chief govt of Benefit Journey Partnership, stated extra outlets could possibly be anticipated to observe.
“This can be a unhappy day for the journey trade and for the British excessive avenue with the closure of so many TUI shops,” she added.
“Whereas such draconian quarantine measures are nonetheless in place, we will likely be nowhere nearer to getting the trade again on its ft.
“With out particular sector help and session from authorities, many companies won’t see it by means of the subsequent few months.”