Former Thomas Cook staff are back at work just weeks after the travel company collapsed.
All 555 of Thomas Cook’s travel agencies in the UK were acquired on short-term leases by Hays Travel. The company has now re-hired many former employees.
Richard Ashford, Regional Manager for Hays in South Wales, told ITV Wales that around 150 staff from his former Thomas Cook team were given the opportunity to return to their roles - with some offered promotions.
This comes after Thomas Cook's chief executive, Peter Fankhauser, gave evidence in the House of Commons on Tuesday. MPs urged Thomas Cook's "high-paid executives" to give their bonuses to the collapsed firm's pension fund.
Mr Ashford said although there is still Thomas Cook branding in the stores "it's more important we open our stores and get our customers back in".
Sales Consultant Charlotte Feeney said she was "heart-broken" when she lost her job with Thomas Cook but now thinks Hays has given them "an amazing opportunity."
She said it was "massive relief" and that "it was like a light at the end of the tunnel" when Hays took over the shops.
Charlotte said she's looking forward to getting back to work and making her customers "dreams come true."
Hays Travel is proposing to re-open the stores with immediate effect where possible and to take on up to 2,500 people.
Over 100 new jobs will be based at the company’s Sunderland headquarters with the rest in shops across the UK.