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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

First Choice has acquired Tourinter, the French holiday operator, for undisclosed terms.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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%.

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

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