Launch of Signature by Major

10 October 2019

Major Travel is pleased to announce the opening of a branch office in Peterborough. The new office will open on Monday 18th November 2019 in the Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, which is within walking distance of the Thomas Cook offices. The new team in Peterborough will comprise reservations, aftersales and product staff from the Scheduled Long Haul Team previously known as Thomas Cook Signature. Many members of the new team are currently working alongside the CAA supporting operation Matterhorn and the fulfilment of bookings and refunds.

Major Travel will grow its product offering under the new umbrella title Signature Long Haul, which pays tribute to both of the former names of the long haul team. A new Signature Long Haul website (www.signaturelonghaul.co.uk) as well as micro sites for the portfolio of Signature brands will follow in due course. The new Major Signature Long Haul team have a combined experience of over 300 years in designing complex tailor made itineraries. A key focus of the new team will be to help agents create itineraries that other tour operators deem too complex to facilitate.

Qasim Gulamhusein, Managing Director: Our decision to open a new office in Peterborough was not driven by a desire for financial gain but rather by a spirit of solidarity with the rest of the industry, which was coming together to do whatever they could to help their friends and colleagues. We have taken on a few more people than we need, but, following all the messages of support for ex Cookies from agents across the UK, we are confident that they will now support us to make a success of this new operation. With the backing of agents, old and new, we hope to take on even more ex Thomas Cook staff in Peterborough, many of which have already been forced to leave travel and the industry that they love. This new office gives us access to over 350 years of travel experience that would have been lost from the industry forever

Mohammed Rashid, Marketing Director: During our recruitment day on 2nd October, I was struck by how much knowledge and experience the Scheduled Long Haul team shared between them and I was shocked to hear how many of these amazing people were now looking for jobs outside the travel industry. I am therefore proud to be able to prevent the loss of such an extensive array of talent within long haul travel through the opening of our new Peterborough office. Our new office represents an investment of over £1 million over the next 3 years and further cements our position as a dedicated champion of the trade that is committed to exclusively serving the needs of our agents. We are excited about the wide range of long haul product that we will be adding over the coming months and with our new team of experts, we know we will quickly become the long haul operator of choice!