Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest travel agency, is back

Almost a year after it collapsed, leaving thousands of travelers stranded, Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest travel agency, is back.

The 178-year-old operator has relaunched under its same famous name, but this time as an online travel agency under new Chinese ownership, according to CNN.

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This may be a good sign for travel agents, even if it’s online, given the world is still in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and the demand for travel has been devastated. As a result, the UK-based company will use its new website to serve ‘no-quarantine destinations’ from the UK, such as Corfu, Cyprus and Rome.

Thomas Cook was bought in November 2019 by Fosun Tourism, a Chinese company that also owns Club Med. Fosun chief executive officer Qian Jiannong said on Wednesday the brand’s revival in England followed the launch of another online platform for Thomas Cook in China last month.

“As one of the world’s leading tourism and leisure groups, the group values ​​Thomas Cook’s 180-year heritage and the influence of the global brand,” he said in a statement. “Supporting the brand’s growth in China and its relaunch in the UK is an important step in our plan to make Thomas Cook a global success story. “

Thomas Cook shocked the world of travel advisers last year, collapsing on September 23 and stranding thousands of travelers around the world.

“Thomas Cook has confirmed that all UK companies in its group have gone out of business, including Thomas Cook Airlines,” the company said at the time. “As a result, we are sorry to inform you that all vacations and flights provided by these companies have been canceled and are no longer operating. All Thomas Cook retail stores have also closed.”

Willie R. Golden