Monday 21 September 2020

Britain’s Secret Escapes takes over TravelBird but most jobs will go

British online travel group Secret Escapes is taking over bankrupt Dutch holiday platform TravelBird, but most of the company’s 270 to 300 workers will be out of a job, the curator said on Wednesday.

TravelBird went bust earlier this month after failing to find new financing and the label will now become part of the Secret Escapes stable. The deal gives Secret Escapes the company’s IT platform, the brand, logos and its list of customers.

‘I think several dozen workers will keep their jobs but over 200 will be out of work,’ the curator told the Financieele Dagblad. ‘But we should not worry about those who will be out of work because headhunters are already at the door.’

The curator’s report also shows that TravelBird and Secret Escapes had been talking about some form of alliance up to the bankruptcy, the FD says.

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