TUI has introduced it should shut 166 shops throughout the UK and Eire.
In what will probably be seen as a serious blow to the tourism trade, the journey big mentioned it had “accelerated” the closures on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
Nevertheless, the choice was primarily drive by modifications in buyer habits, the corporate added.
TUI UK managing director, Andrew Flintham, mentioned: “We wish to be in the very best place to offer glorious 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 tough price selections, take care of our colleagues throughout such unprecedented uncertainty and likewise 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-Mentioned, chief government of Benefit Journey Partnership, mentioned extra retailers may very well be anticipated to observe.
“It is 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 probably be nowhere nearer to getting the trade again on its ft.
“With out particular sector assist and session from authorities, many companies won’t see it by way of the following few months.”