TRAVEL company Tui has announced it is to shut 166 High Street stores in the UK and Ireland.

The UK’s largest tour company has a store in Holton Road, Barry, which has not re-opened following the coronavirus lockdown in March.

Up to 900 jobs could be affected nationwide.

The decision follows changes in holidaymakers’ behaviour which have included booking online.

About 350 retail stores will remain following the closures.


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Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) have condemned the government’s failure to act to save the travel trade industry after Tui announced plans to close 166 high street shops in the UK and Ireland on Thursday, July 30.

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.

“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.”

A Tui spokeswoman said: “We won’t be sending a list of potential store closures during the consultation period, but we can confirm that none of the stores that are currently open are at risk of closure.”

The Tui store, in Barry, is currently closed.