Thomas Cook Group plc is one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups with sales of £9.3 million and 22.1 million customers. It operates under five geographic segments in 21 countries, and is number one or number two in its core markets. The business is supported by 31,000 employees, a fleet of 95 aircraft and a network of over 3,400 owned and franchised travel stores.
The company builds on its 168 year history of successfully meeting the travel needs of its customers. Many of the values that founder Thomas Cook himself instilled in the business when he created it in 1841 still hold true. Today, Thomas Cook is one of the world’s leading travel groups, with a focused strategy, a flexible business model, a portfolio of market leading brands and a team of over 31,000 people who are all committed to the company’s vision of ‘going further to make dreams come true’ for customers and delivering sustainable value to shareholders.
Thomas Cook UK & Ireland is the second largest leisure travel group in the UK with around 19,000 employees. The company has a network of more than 800 high street stores (Thomas Cook and Going Places), leading websites (www.thomascook.com, www.directholidays.com and www.airtours.uk), and some of the world's favourite travel brands.
These brands include Airtours, Club 18-30, Cresta, Cruise Thomas Cook, Direct Holidays, Elegant Resorts, Flexibletrips, flythomascook.com, Gold Medal, www.hotels4u.com, Manos, www.medhotels.com, Neilson, netflights.com, Panorama, Pure Luxury, Style Holidays, Sunset, Sunworld Holidays, Swiss Travel Service, Thomas Cook, Thomas Cook Signature and Thomas Cook Sport.
Thomas Cook Airlines operates a fleet of 44 aircraft from 19 regional airports to destinations worldwide.
Thomas Cook offers a range of financial services including foreign exchange, the Thomas Cook Credit Card, the Thomas Cook Cash Passport (the new generation of travellers' cheques), and a wide range of travel insurance policies. It is FSA regulated for its travel insurance, which is underwritten by AXA. The company also owns White Horse Insurance Ireland Ltd.
Thomas Cook also has a leading publishing division offering a comprehensive portfolio of over 300 independently authored travel guidebooks to more than 150 destinations across the world.
Thomas Cook is an Official Supporter of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and the exclusive partner for UK short breaks and trips to the Games. Thomas Cook's London 2012 packages will go on sale in 2011 and will include accommodation, transport and event tickets.
Thomas Cook UK & Ireland is part of Thomas Cook Group plc