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Swansea Couple Among Those Who've Lost Holiday

But Steve and Terri Hunt from Gorseinon say it's nothing compared to the devastating impact Thomas Cook's collapse has had on its staff.

The husband and wife team who run school uniform shop - Sew and Sew in Gorseinon had just booked a break in Tenerife to celebrate a special birthday.

Terri has just turned fifty and the pair were going to fly out to the Canary Islands with friends as part of their celebrations this year.

Steve said: " We were devastated in the beginning because we thought we'd lost all our money. But then we found out because we are ATOL protected and have the package - we can get all our money back. We feel sorry for those who can't their money back. And what about the employees, the people who were flying on the plane who were flying across the Channel that knew they didn't have a job to come back to? 9,000 odd people without money, Christmas three months away. Our little holiday's nothing compared to what they are going to suffer. So at the moment, we are okay. If we want to book another holiday in future, we can - but for those people without work,  finding another job is going to be terrible."

The Hunts found out they are able to get a full refund from the Civil Aviation Authority but Steve said they are going to have to wait for the ATOL process to kick in. He said: "They told us the process at the moment is repatriation - not about the holidaymakers going out. It's about getting the people back. So we now have to wait until at least the 30th of September before we can apply for it. But the the process could take how ever long depending on how many people they've got to look after and refund."

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Thomas Cook had 28 stores in Wales alone - 3 of those were in Llanelli, Neath and Port Talbot.

Across the UK the firm employed 9,000 and across the World around 20,000 people.

Travel House in Swansea has now announced it's holding an open day exclusively for Thomas Cook staff.

That will take place on Thursday the 26th of September.

It has various vacancies throughout its retail network covering West Wales to Bristol. There are also homeworking opportunities available.

The open day for Thomas Cook staff only will be held between 9:30am and 5pm at its head office in The Post House, Adelaide Street, Swansea (next door to Morgans Hotel).

Anyone wanting to attend can just pop along or book an appointment via jan@travelhouse.co.uk to request a specific slot.

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