Thomas Cook India expands presence in Punjab Opens new Gold Circle Partner (Franchise) outlet in Ludhiana Extends consumer access across Punjab and Chandigarh tri-city to 11 outlets

28/03/2022

Mumbai, March 28, 2022: Thomas Cook (India) Limited – India’s leading omnichannel travel services company inaugurated a new Gold Circle Partner (franchise) outlet in Ludhiana, Punjab. This expansion augments Thomas Cook India’s distribution and reach in Punjab to 11 consumer access centres: 9 owned branches and 2 Gold Circle Partner (franchise) outlets across Punjab and Chandigarh tri-city. This new outlet will serve the commercial capital and the largest city of Punjab – Ludhiana and its surrounding towns of Khanna, Mandi Gobingarh, Rajpura, Phagwara, Sahnewal, Samrala and Moga.

In the new age of travel, customers are understandably seeking the guidance and reassurance of holiday experts and Thomas Cook India’s internal survey reiterates the same, with a significant 77% respondents stating that they require guidance of a holiday expert. To help customers with their travel plans and requirements, Thomas Cook India has set up a new Gold Circle Partner (franchise) outlet at Ludhiana, Punjab.

Additionally, to strengthen customer confidence in travel, Thomas Cook’s “TravShield” is India’s only safety commitment – with only vaccinated staff and co-passengers among many other precautions, building on their “Assured” travel safety protocols – developed in association with Apollo Clinics.

TravShield & Assured together, ensure best in class safety and protection for travellers in the post Covid era, covering every distribution, delivery and partner touch point in the travel ecosystem.

With strong pent-up demand, easing of restrictions and the announcement on resumption of commercial aviation driving positive consumer sentiment, consumers from Ludhiana/Punjab are displaying a strong travel desire for domestic travel to Goa, Andamans, Kashmir, Leh-Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala. Closer to home destinations like Maldives, Singapore, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are driving demand. Additionally, long/mid haul favourites include Switzerland, France, Canada, UK, Turkey, Egypt, Australia and USA for Visa holding customers. Key segments driving growth from Punjab include young professionals, families, couples, group of friends and seniors. Culture and heritage, adventure/outdoor, culinary experiences, and spa/wellness are top preferred holiday options for consumers from Punjab.

Thomas Cook’s Gold Circle Partner outlet in Ludhiana offers consumers end-to-end travel solutions with a bouquet of travel and travel related services, including: International & Domestic Holidays (Group Tours, Personalised holidays, Cruises, etc.); Value Added Services like Travel Insurance; Visa Services, etc.

Contact Details:

Thomas Cook (India) Limited

Unique Tower, 1st Floor, Adjoining The Upper House, New Lajpat Nagar,

Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana – 141001, Phone: 0161-4608425 Email: joginder.pal@thomascook.in

“Ludhiana/Punjab have been key markets for us at Thomas Cook India, and we are seeing a strong travel desire from the region. Hence, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new Gold Circle Partner franchise outlet in Ludhiana. We intend to accelerate demand while supporting our customer segments – including families, couples/honeymooners, millennials/young professionals, group of friends and seniors.”

Mr. Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head – Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook (India) Limited

“Our Gold Circle Partners, Ms. Deepti Bajaj & Mr. Gaurav Chopra are travel enthusiasts and their expertise along with their extensive network in the region will assist Thomas Cook India to further strengthen its presence in this growing market and thereby assist our customers from Ludhiana/Punjab to plan their perfect holiday. We extend a warm welcome to our Punjab based customers. Our travel experts at our New Lajpat Nagar outlet will assist them to plan their much awaited holidays for 2022.”

Mr. Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head – Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook (India) Limited

About Thomas Cook (India) Limited

Set up in 1881, Thomas Cook (India) Limited. (TCIL) is the leading omnichannel travel company in the country offering a broad spectrum of services including Foreign Exchange, Corporate Travel, MICE, Leisure Travel, Value Added Services, Visa and Passport services. It operates leading B2C and B2B brands including Thomas Cook, SOTC, TCI, SITA, Asian Trails, Allied T Pro, Australian Tours Management, Desert Adventures, Luxe Asia, Travel Circle International Limited (TCI 勝景遊), Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited, Distant Frontiers, TC Tours, Digiphoto Entertainment Imaging (DEI), Go Vacation, Private Safaris East & South Africa

As one of the largest travel service provider networks headquartered in the Asia-Pacific region, The Thomas Cook India Group spans 25 countries across 5 continents

TCIL has been felicitated with CNBC-TV18 & ICICI Lombard India Risk Management Award – Travel & Leisure Category 2021, The Best Travel Agency – India at TTG Travel Awards 2019, The Best Outbound Tour Operator at the Times Travel Awards 2018 & 2019 and Leading Company with Cutting Edge Travel Innovation at the Times Travel Awards 2018, Silver award for Asia’s Best Integrated Report (First Time) category at the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards 2019, Best Risk Management-Framework & Systems at the India Risk Management Awards 2019; Best Cash Management Solution – India at the Asset Triple A Treasury, Trade, Supply Chain & Risk Management Awards 2018, Best Outbound Tour Operator at the SATTE Awards 2019, Excellence in Domestic Tour Operations at the SATTE Awards 2018, The French Ambassador’s Award for Exemplary Achievements in Visa Issuance – 2015 to 2019 and the Condé Nast Traveller – Readers’ Travel Awards from 2011 to 2019.

CRISIL has reaffirmed the rating on debt programmes and bank facilities of Thomas Cook (India) Limited – ‘CRISIL A+/Negative on the long-term bank facilities of TCIL and CRISIL A1 rating on the short-term bank facilities and short- term debt of the Company. For more information, please visit www.thomascook.in

Fairbridge Capital (Mauritius) Limited, a subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited promotes TCIL by holding 65.60% of its paid-up capital and is responsible for the execution of acquisition and investment opportunities.

About SOTC Travel

SOTC Travel Limited is a step-down subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings held through its Indian listed subsidiary, Thomas Cook (India) Limited (TCIL). SOTC India is a leading omnichannel travel and tourism company active across various travel segments including Leisure Travel, Incentive Travel and Business Travel. SOTC was established in 1949. Since then, it has escorted millions of travellers across the globe for more than 70 years to various destinations around the world. A new age innovative holidaymaker, SOTC strives to make holidays a priority for every Indian. ‘We are for holidays’ and we want Indians to prioritize their holidays.

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