Some ‘lost’ travel jobs to stay in town

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Some of the 52 jobs lost when Market Harborough travel firm Diamond Shortbreak Holidays Ltd went bust could remain in the town, it has been revealed.

As we reported last week, award-winning Diamond, based at Compass Point off Northampton Road, ceased trading on March 15 due to “financial difficulties”.

But the Suffolk-based travel company Arena Travel, which has taken over large parts of Diamond, says it is keen to keep a base and jobs in the town.

Arena Travel says it will be looking for new premises in the Market Harborough area and will be creating new job opportunities which they “very much hope will attract some of the former (Diamond) employees”.

Arena Travel acquired The River Cruise Line and Diamond Rail Holidays brands from Diamond Shortbreak Holidays Ltd.

Steve Goodenough, managing director of Arena Travel, said: “Our aim is to provide the same rail or river cruise holiday on the same date and at the same price to as many of the 5,000 who have booked a holiday for the season ahead as possible.”

The first river cruise under the new Arena ownership departed on schedule on Friday, March 24.

Mr Goodenough added: “Our intention is to retain and build the River Cruise Line and Diamond Rail brands, and to ensure that their portfolio of river cruises and escorted rail tours continues to operate to the usual high standard.”

This week Arena Travel issued a further update to say they have now secured a temporary license on the former Diamond offices offices at Compass Point in Market Harborough.

They have also engaged about a dozen of the previous sales staff on a temporary basis to focus on the re-booking of holidays.

Over the next few months, Arena will be looking for new premises in the Market Harborough area and creating the new job opportunities.

A spokesmanfor Arena said: “This is confirmation that the company will be looking to stay in the Market Harborough area, rather than move operations elsewhere.”