Thomas Cook is still named after Mr Thomas Cook the original founder of the travel company who organised his first trip in the early 1840’s. By 1865 Thomas Cooks were organising trips to the United States picking up passengers from various collection points. For a time a partnership was formed with an American businessman in 1871 the business was called Thomas Cook, Son and Jenkins. Things didn’t go well and the company reverted back to its original name of Thomas Cook and Son. In 1872 Cooks started to offer round the world tours. The round the world tours included a steamship across the Atlantic, a stagecoach across America, a paddle steamer to Japan with overland transport across China, India and through Europe and eventually back home. The trip cost in the region of 200 guineas and took two hundred and twenty two days. In 1874 Thomas Cook introduced circular notes better known today as travellers cheques. Thomas Cook retired in 1879 after a bit of persuasion from his son and he moved back to Leicestershire. The firm’s growth continued under the guidance of John Mason Cook and his two sons. By 1888 the company had offices all over the world and in 1890 the company sold over three million tickets. The company remained with the family until it was sold to Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits in 1927. Thomas Cook was nationalised in 1948 as part of the British Transport Commission. In the 1950’s it began to offer more overseas travel. The company was again sold to Trust House Forte, Midland Bank and the AA in 1972. The company was broken up and sold again until it was eventually bought by the German bank Westdeutsche Landesbank in 1992. In 1999 Thomas Cook merged with Carlson Leisure Group, which owned the AT Mays travel agency chain. The company was now jointly owned by West LB, CarlsonInc and Preussag. In 2000 Preussag bought Thomson Holidays and was forced to sell its stake in the group. After a few more twists Thomas Cook merged with competitor My Travel into a new travel group called Thomas Cook plc, which is also listed on the London stock exchange.
Thomas Cook Companies include:
Great value villa holidays throughout Europe and in Florida.
Popular holiday destinations all over the world.
The former My travel company offering holidays throughout the worlds holiday hotspots.
Named after Thomas Cook’s son James Mason Cook offering good value holidays
Sunset Summer Sun
Another great value range of holidays in all the popular holiday destinations.
Thomas Cook Select
Select holidays in the best accommodation and holiday destinations.
Club 18-30 Holidays
Holidays for people surprisingly aged between 18 – 30 years old. Accommodation tends to be in busy resorts such as San Antonio in Ibiza, Malia in Crete and Ayia Napa in Cyprus.
Thomas Cook Winter Sun
The sunny destinations ideal to escape the bad weather back home
Sunset Winter Sun
Budget holidays in the winter sun.
Thomas Cook Egypt
Thomas Cook have great value and quality holidays all over Egypt from Nile Cruises to five star hotels.
Sunset Greece & Turkey
Value holidays in Greece and Turkey.
Thomas Cook Cuba
Holidays in Cuba with Thomas Cook
Thomas Cook Florida
Holidays, Flights, Villas and attraction tickets in Florida the Sunshine State.
Thomas Cook Cities
Thomas Cook City breaks in all the best locations in Europe and North America.
Thomas Cook Weddings
Let Thomas Cook organise your wedding in a tropical setting .
Neilson Ski & Snowboarding Holidays
Ski & snowboarding holidays in the best ski resorts.
Yachting Holidays with Neilson, for those who want a bit more from a holiday
Thomas Cook Signature
Quality holidays worldwide the Thomas Cook range of Signature brochures include
Thomas Cook Signature Worldwide
Thomas Cook Signature Africa
Thomas Cook Signature Australia
Thomas Cook Signature Caribbean and Mexico
Thomas Cook Signature Florida
Thomas Cook Signature USA and Canada