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Thomas Cook India honoured with two prestigious awards at the




Mumbai, June 23, 2014: Thomas Cook (India) Ltd: India’s leading integrated travel and travel related financial services company, has been awarded a double honour as the “Best Tour Operator – Outbound" and “Best Company Providing Foreign Exchange” at the CNBC Awaaz Travel Awards 2014 established to honour the best in class travel services and to set benchmarks for the tourism industry



The methodology involved a comprehensive consumer survey across multi-media platforms featuring the previous category winner and approved CNBC Awaaz commendations; votes being then internally audited to ensure validity of each individual vote; followed by finalisation by an esteemed jury presided over by Mr Amitabh Kant – Secretary- DIPP - Govt. of India.



At a spectacular ceremony at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, Indian travellers were unanimous in their choice of their favourite travel company- Thomas Cook India- once again. This is the second time in a row that Thomas Cook India has received the distinction of being chosen the “Best Tour Operator – Outbound". In addition, this year, Thomas Cook India was also conferred the award of the “Best Company Providing Foreign Exchange”.



Commenting on the honour of the double achievement, Mr. Madhavan Menon, Managing Director,

Thomas Cook (India) Ltd said, “We are delighted to be honoured with the two prestigious awards of “Best Tour Operator – Outbound" and “Best Company Providing Foreign Exchange” at the highly acclaimed CNBC Awaaz Travel Awards 2014. With the winners being selected by both discerning travel consumers and an expert panel of captains of government and industry, this award is a strong reaffirmation of Thomas Cook India’s leadership position in the travel and tourism industry.”



He added, “Thomas Cook India draws from its pioneering heritage of over 132 years, to bring expertise and innovation to the ever evolving Indian traveller. With our diverse portfolio of travel and travel related financial services (corporate travel, holidays, in-house visa and travel insurance processing, foreign exchange, Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Events (MICE) to tourism education & training), our Company will continue to deliver on excellence.



He acknowledged with delight, “This double honour is testament to the spirit of innovation and sustained delivery of our truly exceptional people at Thomas Cook India, and I salute my Teams!”



About Thomas Cook (India) Limited:



Thomas Cook (India) Ltd is the leading integrated travel and travel related financial services company in the country offering a broad spectrum of services that include Foreign Exchange, Corporate Travel, MICE, Leisure Travel, Insurance, Visa & Passport services and E-Business. The company set up its first office in India in 1881.


TCIL’s footprint currently extends to over 235 locations (including 19 airport counters) in 99 cities across India, Mauritius & Sri Lanka and is supported by a strong partner network of 114 Gold Circle Partners and 165 Preferred Sales Agents in over 150 cities across India.



Thomas Cook (India) Ltd has been voted Best Tour Operator at the Lonely Planet Travel Awards 2013, Favourite Specialist Tour Operator at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards 2013 & 2012 and Best Tour Operator - Outbound at the CNBC AWAAZ Travel Awards 2013 & 2014 and Best Company providing Foreign Exchange at the CNBC AWAAZ Travel Awards 2014. In addition, TCIL has been chosen as the Best Corporate Travel Management Company by World Travel Brands 2012, and recognized as a “Consumer Superbrand” 2012-2013 & 2013-14. At the National Tourism Awards 2012-2013, TCIL was the recipient of 3 prestigious awards. Thomas Cook India’s Centre of Learning has received IATA accreditation as “Top 10 South Asia IATA Authorized Training Centers”, 2013 & 2012. For more information, please visit



Thomas Cook (India) Limited is promoted by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fairbridge Capital (Mauritius) Limited. Fairbridge is responsible for the execution of acquisition and investment opportunities in the Indian subcontinent on behalf of the Fairfax family of companies.



About Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited:

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited is a Toronto-based financial services holding company with a global presence in insurance and reinsurance and a portfolio of assets in excess of $30 billion invested worldwide. The Company, founded in 1985 by the present Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PremWatsa, has over the past 25 years, demonstrated a strong financial track record to achieve an annual appreciation in Book Value per Share of 24.7% annually.



Fairfax has almost 20 general insurance subsidiaries and joint ventures globally, including ICICI Lombard (India).



Fairfax is engaged in long term investments from its own resources, with a focus to delivering long term capital appreciation through a flexible and value oriented approach.



Fairfax Financial Holdings through Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. owns 74.85% on a fully diluted basis of the IKYA Group, a provider of specialised Human Resource related Services.



About IKYA Group:

The IKYA Group, established in 2007, has over the last 6 years, evolved into a diversified provider of Business Services with interests in Human Resources (Recruitment & General Staffing), IT Staffing & Services, Facilities Management, Food & Hospitality services and Training & Skill Development through a combination of organic and inorganic methods. The Group operates out of 33 offices across 22 cities and employs 65,000 personnel.



About Sterling Holiday Resorts (India) Limited:

Sterling Holiday Resorts (India) Limited, a pioneer in vacation ownership and a leading leisure hospitality company in India, was incorporated in 1986 with the vision of delivering great holiday experiences to Indian families. Sterling Holidays’ network includes 1512 rooms across 19 resorts in 16 scenic holiday destinations pan India. The company also has 15 additional sites where it plans to add new resorts in the coming years.
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