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Cadogan Holidays staff face redundancy

All staff at Cadogan Holidays have been told they are under threat of redundancy as the company scales back its operations to focus on North Africa and Gibraltar.


In what was described as a “major refocus” of the business, operations will move to parent company Bland Group’s office at Gatwick, the former office of GB Airways and where sister brands Skybreak and Teleticket are based.


Managing director Stephen Rhodes confirmed to Travel Weekly that all staff are currently under consultation. The operator is thought to employ 35-40 people.


Rhodes said: “We have had a major refocus and propose to concentrate on North Africa and Gilbraltar. Morocco and Tunisia performed well for us in the last year so we have decided to focus on those and increase the number of hotels we feature there.”


The Bland Group originated from Marcus Henry Bland’s shipping agency in Gibraltar and Cadogan remains strong there.The operator currently features 22 destinations including Italy, Spain and Greece. 


Responding to rumours that the operator is to switch to a direct-sell strategy, Rhodes added: “This won’t affect our relationship with the trade.”


Rhodes confirmed that Travel Patrol, a flight-only online travel agency run by Cadogan Holidays’ sister division Cadogan Travel, ceased trading in August.


“This was decided following the demise of Goldtrail Holidays and Kiss Flights, as they representated a large proportion of its business. Existing bookings were managed and it was decided not to take any more forward bookings.”


Cadogan Travel closed its retail shop in Mayfair earlier this year. Travel Club Wexas took over the assets, trade and staff, who moved into Wexas’s office in nearby Knightsbridge.


 

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