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First Choice


First Choice Holidays is planning to merge with TUI to create a combined £4bn travel group called TUI Travel, which is expected to lead to job losses in their 1,100 shops.
20-Mar-2007


First Choice Holidays has acquired i-to-i of Leeds, iExplore of the US and WesternXposure of Australia for a total £22m, in order to expand its activity holidays business.
02-Mar-2007


First Choice Holidays has acquired LateRooms, the Manchester-based online holiday sales company, for an initial £108m.
02-Jan-2007


First Choice Holidays has acquired YMT Vacations, the US-based tour operator, for up to £27m.
13-Jul-2006


First Choice is to acquire Grand Expeditions, the US-based leisure travel group, from North Castle Partners for £54m, as well as US adventure travel company INTRAV for £37m.
09-Dec-2005


First Choice has acquired StudentCity, the US-based student holidays company, for £23m.
19-Jul-2004


First Choice Holidays has acquired The Adventure Company and Caradona Caribbean Travels for £6.2m, in order to expand its activity holidays division.
12-Mar-2004


First Choice Holidays has sold its Spanish retail and business travel operations to Barcelo of Spain for £30m.
18-Nov-2003


First Choice Holidays is seeking 60 extra staff for a new Travel Choice call centre due to open at Dunedin House, Teesdale, in April.
27-Mar-2003


First Choice has announced plans to open 50 travel shops in the north, with the creation of up to 300 jobs, in order to promote flights from Manchester Airport by its sister airline Air 2000.
26-Sep-2002


First Choice Holidays is to acquire Porter & Haylett, the owner of the Connoisseur holiday boating business, for £24m.
02-Aug-2002


First Choice Holidays is to acquire Exodus Travels, the operator of adventure holidays, for up to £10m.
20-May-2002


First Choice has acquired Tourinter, the French holiday operator, for undisclosed terms.
22-Jun-2001


First Choice is to acquire Virgin Sun, the package holiday company, for up to £5.9m.
20-Mar-2001


First Choice is to acquire 18 American Express outlets from Amex Canada, and will run the business under the Amex franchise.
14-Feb-2001


First Choice has acquired Sun Holidays, a chain of 36 travel agencies in Canada.
05-Dec-2000


First Choice is acquiring Crown Holidays, the operator of inland waterway holidays, for £21m.
04-Sep-2000


First Choice has opened its new £5m Travel Choice Direct call centre in Kilmarnock with 200 staff, and a further 200 jobs will be created over the coming months.
11-Jul-2000


First Choice has bought the travel division of Barcelo in a £34m deal, giving it access to a network of 275 Spanish travel agencies, and the two companies are also planning a joint hotels venture.
16-Jun-2000


First Choice is to acquire Ten Tour for up to £77m, in order to expand its specialist European tour operating business.
06-Jun-2000


First Choice Holidays is to open six more outlets in its recently-acquired Holiday Hypermarkets chain by March.
24-Jan-2000


First Choice has acquired full ownership of Holiday Hypermarkets in a £45m deal.
15-Dec-1999


First Choice has acquired Sunsail International, the operator of sailing holidays, for up to £40m.
18-Sep-1999


First Choice Holidays is to create 600 jobs in Scotland by the end of the year in an expansion of its new Travel Choice division, including a call centre in Ayrshire and 35 travel shopping outlets.
13-Aug-1999


First Choice is to merge with Kuoni Reisen of Switzerland to create one of the largest tour operators in Europe, and the new group will be called Kuoni Holdings and have a headquarters in Crawley.
16-Mar-1999


First Choice is to acquire two holiday operators - Unijet for £110m and Hayes & Jarvis for £24m - in a move that is expected to increase its market share from 11% to 18%.
19-Jun-1998


First Choice is acquiring Royal Vacations, the Canadian tour operator, for £1.2m.
12-May-1998


First Choice has made three acquisitions - Skibound for £26m, JWT Holdings for I£5.3m and Fiesta West of Canada for £8.4m.
03-Oct-1995