Hays Travel
Hays Travel homeworking

In 1980, with no industry experience and only a desk at the back of my mum's children's wear shop in Co Durham, I struggled to get my travel business off the ground. But from the minute we opened that first small retail shop in Seaham, I was hooked - I fell in love with the travel industry.

And Hays Travel has come a long way since its small beginnings - today we are the UK's largest independent travel agent and we're growing all the time. Our turnover last year was a record £650 million.

Here at Hays Travel we are fully ABTA and ATOL bonded, offering our customers complete financial security. And because of our independent status, we really can offer impartial advice and find our customers their ideal holiday. The business operates on nine main levels:

  • Retail shops
  • Homeworking
  • Call centres
  • The Independence Group - for independent retailers who want to benefit from our back office expertise and buying power
  • Hays Foreign Exchange - a foreign exchange service for independent travel agents
  • Hays Beds - dealing directly with hotels to get the best possible rates for the group
  • Hays Transfers - dealing directly with taxi transfer companies in resort to provide reliable, cost effective transfers
  • Business House
  • Hays Faraway – dealing with dedicated suppliers to provide affordable, ATOL protected package holidays to long haul destinations.

More than thirty years on, we now employ over a thousand people. Ask these people, or the clients and companies who deal with us, and you'll find they usually use the same words to describe us at Hays Travel - professional and friendly. We're also a company that cares.

We're always expanding our homeworking division and we're looking for people who, like us, are passionate about the industry. People who can carry our ethos...professional and friendly. People who want to share in the success of a company which continues to go from strength to strength. I'm very proud of my team here at Hays Travel and what we have achieved together. I hope that by browsing this website you'll catch some of our spirit, some of our ethos and some of the success we're enjoying.

John Hays

Managing Director

John Hays
John Hays
Managing Director

"We're looking for people who are passionate about the industry. People who want to enjoy the rewards of their work. People who can carry our ethos....professional and friendly."