With a heavy heart, we must report that on the 23rd September 2019 Thomas Cook was placed into administration, marking the end of their long trading history.
Thomas Cook was launched on the 5th July 1841, by Thomas Cook, charging a shilling for rail travel between Leicester and Loughborough. From their initial launch they moved on to become a leading brand name in the UK Travel Industry, carrying a staggering 19 million passengers year.
The idea behind the initial launch was to convey temperance supporters of Leicester to Loughborough for a meeting. On its initial journey they carried 500 individuals. Thomas Cook has been quoted as saying ‘thus was struck the keynote of my excursions, and the social idea grew upon me’. (www.thomascook.com).
Thomas went on to arrange further excursions, opening up rail travel fro thousands of Britians. In 1855 Thomas arranged a European trip, against the odds. In 1863 Thomas travelled to Switzerland and although his initial trip was an information gathering trip, he managed to escort over 60 people with him.
It is reported that the company approached the UK Government for help with via £200 Million commercial loan. Unfortunately the UK Government declined this request for assistance from the company.
With a long history behind them and a vision of (sic) being the best-loved holiday company, delivering inspiring, personalised holiday experiences for all its customers, it is a great shame that they will no longer grace our skies.