Thomas Cook Collapses, Ending 178-Year Reign in the Travel Business

Skift | September 23, 2019

Thomas Cook Collapses, Ending 178-Year Reign in the Travel Business
Thomas Cook, one of the most well-known and oldest brands in global travel, filed for bankruptcy early Monday UK time, ceasing operations for vacations, bookings, and flights.“Despite considerable efforts, those discussions have not resulted in agreement between the company’s stakeholders and proposed new money providers,” Thomas Cook said in a statement. “The company’s board has therefore concluded that it had no choice but to take steps to enter into compulsory liquidation with immediate effect.”The company filed for liquidation to the UK High Court on Monday.

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The tourism sector is one of the few sectors in South Africa that continues to grow economically and globally despite the recent economic challenges. The tourism sector is one of the six core pillars of growth in the country according to the New Growth Path Frame and the National Development Plan. The Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP2) identified the sector as one of the areas that contributes to the development of areas of potential such as rural areas and cultural industries amongst others. Although the performance of this sector is encouraging, the sector should not rest on the successes, due to the fact that South Africa’s tourism resources have much greater potential still to be unlocked

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The tourism sector is one of the few sectors in South Africa that continues to grow economically and globally despite the recent economic challenges. The tourism sector is one of the six core pillars of growth in the country according to the New Growth Path Frame and the National Development Plan. The Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP2) identified the sector as one of the areas that contributes to the development of areas of potential such as rural areas and cultural industries amongst others. Although the performance of this sector is encouraging, the sector should not rest on the successes, due to the fact that South Africa’s tourism resources have much greater potential still to be unlocked