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About Thomas Cook

by on Nov.30, 2009, under Flights to Fuerteventura

Thomas Cook – About The Company

Thomas Cook the travel company was founded by Englishman Thomas Cook in the mid 19th Century.
Born 22 November 1808 in the village of Melbourne, Derbyshire, Thomas Cook left school aged about 10 and started out as an assistant to a local gardener and then aged 14 he got a job as as a cabinet maker which he did for 5 years. He became a Baptist missionary in 1828.

thomas_cookIt was on 5 July 1841 that Thomas Cook arranged his first excursion. He was in charge of making arrangements for a group to go to a meeting in Loughborough. Thomas cook arranged for the rail company to charge one shilling per person that included rail tickets and food for the train journey and he was paid a share of the fares. This became the first public excursion by train in the UK! He did this three years running until in 1844 the Midland Counties Railway Company arranged to make this permanent arrangement, encouraging him to find more passengers. Because this was so successful it led to Thomas Cook starting his own business running rail excursions- always taking a percentage of all of the tickets sold.
Thomas Cook’s business grew to now include a railway tour of Europe, and so in the 1860’s he started the travel company with the name Thomas Cook and sons, which now expanded to include tours of America.
Thomas Cook and Sons grew larger and more successful. By the late 1880s the company had set up offices all around the world. These included 3 in Australia and 1 in New Zealand. In 1890 the company sold over 3.25 million tickets!
In the 1950s Thomas Cook, having been nationalised in 1948, began promoting foreign holidays in a big way to members of the public in Britain across Europe especially in Spain, Switzerland and Italy.
thomas cook planeOver the years and many succeses Thomas Cook announced in 2007 a merger with the travel company MyTravel. The new group was named Thomas Cook Group plc.

Thomas Cook now has a total fleet of almost 100 aircraft, nearly 3000 stores and in the neighborhood of 33,000 employees. With an average of over 19.1 million customers per year, Thomas Cook has now become the second largest travel company in the UK and in Europe after TUI Travel.

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