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Tui, which has a Newark store, is to close 166 branches across the UK and Ireland

A travel giant has announced plans to close 166 high street shops in the UK and Ireland today (Thursday, July 30).

Tui made the decision to close its stores following changes in customer behaviour following the coronavirus lockdown.

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Tui, which has a store in The Arcade, off Newark Market Place, said it hoped to move 70% of the 900 staff affected by the closures to home-working roles.

Others would work in high street stores which were unaffected by the closures.

TSSA have condemned the government’s failure to act to save the travel trade industry after Tui's announcement.

Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA, which represents staff in the travel trade industry, said: “We have been warning for weeks that High Street travel shops could become a thing of the past unless the government took urgent action to help our industry navigate this crisis.

"Today's announcement by TUI means that Ministers must sit up, smell the coffee and act without further delay.

“We need a bespoke package of measures to save our travel industry. I call on TUI and other employers to engage with our union so we can jointly lobby government for this to happen.”

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