Birmingham-based trade-only worldwide tour operator JTA Travel has recruited former Thomas Cook staff for a new office in Peterborough.

It follows the opening of another satellite office in Swansea last July.

The new Peterborough office is in a business park close to the former headquarters of Thomas Cook.

Dave Green (pictured), head of tour operations at JTA, said: “We had a record year last year and a record January, so we decided to open in Peterborough as we are seeing massive, phenomenal demand, and needed to expand.

“Swansea is doing very well, and with the closure of Thomas Cook we wondered if there was anything we could do in Peterborough. We thought it made sense to be there and it is good for the area.”

He said he received lots of CVs from people with a wide range of skills after posting about the new office on LinkedIn.

JTA is still recruiting and aims to take on up to 20 members of staff for both locations, filling a range of roles such as reservations and offline support for travel agents, to help with amendments and other changes.

Other roles are for product development and general management posts.

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“We have great people who are highly skilled,” Green said.

“We were open-minded about where we can be based, as technology means we can have virtual teams beyond Birmingham.

“We are now seeing a second wave of people interested in joining, who left Thomas Cook before the collapse and redundancies, and want to come back into travel.”

Product executive Alex Jackson-Hunt, formerly of Thomas Cook, said: “It was amazing to be given the opportunity to join an exciting and financially strong independent business like JTA.

“After a thankfully short time of uncertainty, it was a big relief to be back in the industry I love within a matter of months.”

The operator has also launched three 2020 brochures for travel agents.

Green said it was the first time the operator has printed Summer Sun and Far and Away brochures, while the new Worldwide Cruises brochure is the latest in a series for the company’s NeedACruise brand.