Hundreds of free holidays are being offered to ex-Thomas Cook staff in the UK so they can hold a huge reunion party. Park Holidays UK has invited m
Hundreds of free holidays are being offered to ex-Thomas Cook staff in the UK so they can hold a huge reunion party.
Park Holidays UK has invited more than 600 employees of the failed travel giant and their families to enjoy a weekend away next month.
Broadland Sands Holiday Park near Lowestoft is opening up especially for the get-together on November 8-11.
The holiday park group will cover the cost of their accommodation in holiday homes for up to three nights, and will provide free entertainment.
Charges will also be waived on some other activities usually paid for by guests, such a the climbing wall, adventure golf course and Segways.
A subsidised food and snack menu will be offered to Thomas Cook guests throughout the weekend, and a range of drinks will also be discounted
Other businesses are being asked to support the weekend with donations of competition prizes or by providing free activities or pampering sessions such as nail treatments or massages.
Park Holidays UK marketing director Geoff Barnes said it would be a chance for staff to swap memories and let their hair down after Thomas Cook collapsed in September.
“The immediacy of the announcement meant that there was little time for many staff at Thomas Cook’s Peterborough headquarters to say a final farewell,” he said.
“As members of the holiday industry ourselves, we were also deeply saddened by the news and wanted to reach out to try and soften the blow in some way.
“We thought the best way to help would be to open one of our most popular parks, Broadland Sands, for a long weekend and to offer free stays to staff and their partners and children.
“Within one day of making the opportunity known to Thomas Cook staff, we were delighted to have taken bookings for all of the park’s 150-plus holiday homes.
“It means that we’ll be welcoming over 600 guests in total for between two and three nights, and we hope it will create a truly memorable experience for everyone.
“I’m sure there will be some nostalgic moments, but overall we simply want all the Thomas Cook team, and especially the children, to share a very happy time.”