Despite the current challenges for the travel industry, the UK’s largest independent travel was celebrating when the doors open to its new branch in Marischal Street last Tuesday.
The company that rescued Thomas Cook’s shops in October last year has now taken on the former TUI store which closed in July, making it the 50th Hays Travel branch to open in Scotland.
Local fisherman and star of BBC’s Trawlerman, Jimmy Buchan, along with Councillor Dianne Beagrie cut the ribbon to officially mark the occasion.
It was a double celebration for two of the new team who lost their jobs when the TUI store closed in February, the staff joined the company within weeks and are now delighted to be working as part of the Hays Travel team.
The new Hays Travel team consists of branch manager Karen Erridge who has worked in the travel industry for 20 years.
She is joined by Nicola Milne and Ann Pentland who both worked in the former TUI branch in Peterhead for 13 years collectively.
Karen, who is the former branch manager of the TUI store in Ellon, said: “We are so excited to be open and trading in Peterhead - it is really positive news for the travel industry at the moment.
“It’s great that we have been able to invite the girls from TUI, Ann and Nicola to join the Hays Travel family.
“We can’t wait to welcome our customers through the doors and hopefully meet some new faces too.”
Irene Hays, joint owner and chair of Hays Travel said: “We are delighted to have opened our first branch in Peterhead and welcomed the team into Hays Travel.
“At Hays Travel we revolve around our community and look forward to getting even more involved in the community spirit of Peterhead.”
Hays Travel continues to invest in Scotland, with plans continuing to open a head office for its own tour operation, Hays Travel Tour Operations Ltd, with 100 new jobs, coming soon.