Thomas Cook Travel launches in Canada

Renowned travel brand puts the whole world in your hands

TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Thomas Cook, a global leader in travel for more than 170 years, announced today the launch of its new, much anticipated Canadian website - Thomascook.ca. The website, in conjunction with the rebranding of 150 Thomas Cook retail locations across Canada, signals the long awaited return of Thomas Cook to the Canadian travel market.

Consumers now have more choice when booking travel with Thomas Cook by giving them a call, clicking to book online or coming in to any of the Thomas Cook-branded retailers From Mount Pearl, Newfoundland to Powell River, British Columbia, Thomas Cook has Canadians covered from coast to coast.

For the many Canadians who prefer to book travel online, Thomascook.ca offers vacations, hotels and flights to anywhere in the world, secured with ease and convenience, with one of the most trusted names in the industry.

Stuart Morris, Senior Vice President of Ecommerce said the new website was developed especially with Canadian travelers in mind and includes a full offering of online travel tools and options at exceptional prices. In addition, Thomas Cook Affiliate Agencies have customized versions of the Thomascook.ca site with deals selected for their local market.

"Whether booking an all-inclusive holiday package, a custom exotic getaway, cruise or flight, Thomas Cook provides the best service, price and guidance to ensure our customers have an unforgettable vacation experience from beginning to end," says Morris. "The website is a way for Thomas Cook to provide Canadians with relevant information and services, to help make their travel planning as smooth as possible."

ThomasCook.ca makes travel easy; the new website features:

  • Worldwide flight, hotel, cruise and vacation package search and booking tool
  • Car rental search and booking
  • Specialized group and wedding travel services
  • Exclusive promotions and travel offers
  • Travel insurance - all-inclusive, annual all-inclusive, trip cancellation per trip, emergency medical, Canada medical plans, annual medical and non-medical insurance, as well visitors to Canada and car rental plans
  • Foreign exchange - more than 100 currencies available on demand or the next day; Thomas Cook Financial Services is a one-stop shop for any foreign exchange needs you may have - offered with no minimum quantities, no commission and highly competitive rates
  • Pre-paid cards - Thomas Cook Visa® Travel Money Cards are a flexible alternative to cash, travelers cheques, debit and credit cards, and available in both US and Canadian dollars
  • Ability to subscribe to the Thomas Cook newsletter and receive all of the latest travel-related news and deals

As part of the launch, Thomas Cook Travel has also partnered with the Travel + Escape Channel, home of top rated travel themed television programs. "The partnership will allow us to provide Canadians who have a passion for travel and adventure more information on the many worldwide destinations that they can access through Thomas Cook," added Morris.

Thomas Cook is one of the world's leading leisure travel companies with more than 22.5 million customers, 31,000 employees throughout 21 countries, including 1,500 in Canada, 93 aircraft and almost 3,500 stores. In Canada, Thomas Cook takes more than one million customers to destinations around the world. Extensive partnerships ensure hotel rates, flight options, a broad range of all- inclusive southern destinations, North American getaways, European tours and cruise deals are all competitively priced and backed by one of the best price guarantees in the business.

The company has longstanding relationships with major tour operators including Sunquest, WestJet Vacations, Air Canada Vacations,  Encore Cruises, Nolitours, Transat and Hola Sun. Thomas Cook also has contracts with all major scheduled airlines including Air Canada, WestJet, American Airlines and British Airways as well as charters such as Thomas Cook Airlines and Transat. They also deal with a number of exotic carriers in Asia, South America and Australia.

All of these travel offerings are available right at your fingertips at Thomascook.ca.

About Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook is a full-service travel agency and is part of Thomas Cook Group plc, one of the world's leading leisure travel companies. Operating in 21 countries, with a network of over 3,400 owned and franchised travel stores worldwide, in Canada the company has a total of 150 retail locations and employs 1,500 travel agents. The company's other Canadian brands include tour operators Sunquest Vacations, Fun Sun Vacations and Exotik Tours, as well as BelAirTravel.com, Thomas Cook Financial Services and Thomas Cook Canada airline (which it operates together with Jazz Air LP). Thomas Cook also oversees all operations for Sears Travel's 108 retail shops nationwide as well as the Searstravel.ca website. For more information visit ThomasCook.ca or find them on Facebook at thomascook.ca/fb.

For further information:

Kelsey Gotell
PUNCH Canada
P: 416-360-6522 x283
M: 416-700-9638
kelsey@punchcanada.com