Tui Group has held 25 open days across six European destinations to showcase job vacancies to former employees of collapsed rival Thomas Cook.

About 600 ex-Thomas Cook staff attended the events over the past three weeks, in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Bulgaria.

A statement from Tui Group said: “The news of Thomas Cook’s insolvency has also caused great consternation among the employees of Tui Group.

“Although competitors in the market, many employees of both companies were friends for many years.

“The HR division of Tui Destination Experiences, under whose umbrella the Tui Group bundles the business for tours, activities and excursions, has therefore organised open days for its Thomas Cook colleagues in numerous destinations within a very short period of time.”

Annalisa Riches, HR director at Tui Destination Experiences, commented: “Thomas Cook has many extremely experienced tourism experts who are, of course, of interest to us.

“We want to grow significantly over the next few years and are therefore looking for excellent specialists, whether in the area of travel reps, childcare experts, or also for digital and technology tasks and management positions.

“If, on the one hand, we could win Thomas Cook employees for us and, on the other hand, protect colleagues from losing their jobs, we could at least have drawn something positive from Thomas Cook’s regrettable insolvency.”

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