LONDON (Reuters) – Thomas Prepare dinner re-emerged as an online-only journey firm on Wednesday, backed by its Chinese language house owners, a yr after the high-profile collapse of the British firm left hundreds stranded, out of labor and out of pocket.
China-based Fosun Tourism Group (HK:), which was the most important shareholder within the authentic Thomas Prepare dinner and in addition owns Membership Med, mentioned it was reviving the title to promote holidays on-line, having purchased the model and on-line property final November.
Thomas Prepare dinner was based in 1841 and was the world’s oldest journey agency till it went bankrupt in September 2019, some six months earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc throughout the journey trade.
The brand new Thomas Prepare dinner will promote holidays to locations on Britain’s protected journey hall checklist together with Italy, Greece and Turkey, the corporate mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.
However the timing of the launch throughout the pandemic may elevate eyebrows. Many airways and vacation corporations have been dropped at their knees, together with the world’s greatest journey firm TUI Group, which has needed to depend on German state assist.
Thomas Prepare dinner’s UK CEO Alan French mentioned that launching throughout the pandemic posed brief time period challenges however Fosun was taking a long-term view.
“Our new enterprise will mix improbable UK-based customer support with an up to date working mannequin protected by Atol and with the backing of a multi-billion-dollar organisation,” he mentioned.
Atol is a UK monetary safety scheme for holidays, giving clients confidence of their reserving.
Fosun mentioned Thomas Prepare dinner’s relaunch in Britain would assist the expansion of the model in China.
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