Travel Agents

Founder of well-known travel company dies after collapsing at work

The founder and managing director of Hays Travel, John Hays, has passed away after collapsing in the company’s head office.

The company said in a statement that Hays died on Friday 13 November while doing the job he loved.

Hays co-founded Hays Travel with his wife Irene in 1980, which made roughly $1,500 in sales in the first year, and reached almost $2 billion in sales in 2018 with 160 shops and 1,400 staff.

Hays famously acquired Thomas Cook’s entire retail portfolio last year after the company was placed in compulsory administration, saving more than 2,500 jobs and 500 retail branches across the UK.

“John built Hays Travel into the UK’s largest independent travel agent providing jobs and careers for thousands of young people over 40 years,” the company said in a statement.

“Throughout this past difficult year, he did everything in his power to save jobs and protect the travel industry.

“He was held in immense respect by his staff, colleagues, family and friends and was recognised throughout his life for his many achievements.

“He was equally proud of his loyal staff who, under the direction of the board and senior management team, will ensure that the business continues to serve the customers of the UK’s largest independent travel agent as he would have wanted.”

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Tourism

Travel industry veterans pivot to reduce fast fashion waste

Here’s an empowering piece about a couple of ladies who’ve made the most of the travel lull and are kicking some serious sustainability goals.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Insight Vacations launches new ‘Wander Women’ trip to Venice and the Croatian coast

Tell your clients to get their girl gang together for this blockbuster women-only trip that aims to empower local communities.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

VisitScotland celebrates ‘women in whisky’

Scotland’s tourism marketing body is raising a glass to all the fantastic women who have shaped the world of whisky.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

“There is still a pay gap”: Qatar Airways’ regional boss on gender equality in the travel industry

by Huntley Mitchell

There’s plenty of gold in this interview we did with Qatar Airways’ Cassandra Kerr, so we’re marking this one a ‘must read’.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Aurora Expeditions dedicates new expedition ship to female conservationists

by Sponsored by Aurora Expeditions

The new ship, Sylvia Earle, will have each of its public decks named after a leading female conservationist. If that’s not a spectacular way to celebrate IWD, we don’t know what is.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

OPINION: Why we need women to tackle the climate crisis

by Dr Susanne Etti

Here, Intrepid Travel’s environmental impact specialist, Dr Susanne Etti, makes the case for empowering women as a way of fighting climate change.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Is former Virgin CEO Paul Scurrah set to fly back to Rex?

by Huntley Mitchell

Paul Scurrah has been laying low since exiting Virgin late last year, but the speculation wheel has started to turn around his next role.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

“We need to address the elephant in the room”: travel agent implores government to make ‘that announcement’

by Linda Forster

An Aussie agent has waxed poetic about the travel industry’s struggles in this impassioned plea for the government to stop turning a blind eye.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Ponant appoints BDM for New South Wales and the ACT

The luxe cruise line has hired a new local BDM … as in a business development manager, not a basketball dunking master or a bad decision-maker.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Will you accept this flight? Stood-down Jetstar pilot becomes Australia’s new Bachelor

by Ali Coulton

After having his career put on hold by COVID-19, this super-handsome, self-professed romantic took the obvious course of action and became Australia’s newest Bachelor!

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Australia takes out Tripadvisor award for world’s best beach

Your clients don’t need to travel internationally to check out this year’s winner, which is a relief, because they’d be waiting a while to visit if it was overseas.

Share

CommentComments

Events

MTA agents flock to the Gold Coast for long-awaited Virtuoso event

After a few false starts, the team at MTA have finally got their hands on the latest in luxury travel intel from Virtuoso.

Share

CommentComments