Tipto is “actively encouraging” Thomas Cook agents left out of a job to attend its roadshows and super shows this autumn.

The independent tour operators’ group, which has 20 supplier members, has promised Cook agents “all their usual benefits” despite their former company going into liquidation last week, leaving around 4,000 travel agents out of work.

Events include five Face 2 Face Roadshows, in Shrewsbury, Stoke on Trent, Ipswich and Peterborough in October and Gloucester in November.

Training days in November are based in Leeds, Leicester and Birmingham with Brighton and Exeter in December.

Tipto’s Supershow, which features all 20 supplier members, takes place this year at Drayton Manor Hotel on November 13.

Chairman Nick Hughes said: “We want former Cook agents to know that they can still access all of our usual benefits. They are welcome to attend any of our upcoming events, utilise the online training support and meet with our suppliers face to face for advice and information as required.

“The failure of Thomas Cook was a sad day for the industry, but we are here and ready to support those agents affected with continued knowledge boosting training to see them through this difficult time and into new and exciting travel industry roles.”

Events include the chance for agents to learn about operators’ product, network and win prizes and places on FAM trips. Dinner and drinks are included.

Members include: Bourne Leisure, Cruise and Maritime Voyages, Do Something Different, Great Rail Journeys, Gold Medal Travel 2, Holiday Extras, Hoseasons / James Villas, Inghams, Intrepid, Jet2holidays, Leger Holidays, Newmarket Holidays, Railbookers, RCD Hotels Group, Scenic & Emerald Waterways, Shearings Holidays, Titan, Trafalgar, Travelpack and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.