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Thomas Cook India’s TCI wins top honours at the Government of India’s
National Tourism Awards 2012-2013


Mumbai February 18, 2014: Travel Corporation (India) Ltd (TCI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Thomas Cook (India) Ltd, India’s leading integrated travel and travel related financial services company, has emerged victorious at the National Tourism Awards, at the ceremony just concluded at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.


TCI was honoured with 3 awards, including:

The Government of India’s National Tourism Awards endeavour to recognise and honour top performers and pioneering innovators in the travel and tourism industry, and is one of the most coveted awards in the country. With the winners being selected by a distinguished jury, these awards reinforce TCI’s reputation as a leading Destination Management Company and also reaffirm the consistent delivery of exceptional and innovative customer-centric product, coupled with service excellence that is today deeply entrenched in the ethos of the company.


Commenting on the awards, Mr. Madhavan Menon, Managing Director, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. said, "It is an honour to be recognised at the National Tourism Awards for our excellence in innovation and delivery across the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. The awards are a testimony of our consistent efforts to reinvent travel for the Inbound customer and will inspire our exceptional people in setting even higher benchmarks of excellence."


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 242 locations (including 23 airport counters) in 99 cities across India, Mauritius & Sri Lanka and is supported by a strong partner network of 134 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. 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. At the National Tourism Awards 2011-2012, 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.


ICRA has assigned a long term rating of ‘ICRA AA-/ Stable’ and CRISIL has assigned a long term rating of CRISIL AA-/ stable outlook, to the non convertible debenture program.


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


About Travel Corporation (India) Limited (TCI):

Travel Corporation (India) Ltd. (TCI) is a 100% subsidiary of Thomas Cook (India) Ltd and for over 50 years has perfected the art of making the entire travel experience memorable. As India’s leading DMC, the company now stretches its expertise to open up the entire Indian subcontinent for Inbound travel. TCI offers a complete suite of services combined with professional expertise, all under one roof. The company specializes in Inbound Leisure Holidays (Individual & Group Tours), Special Interest Tours, Luxury Trains, Luxury Experiential Tours (PURE India), MICE, Charters & Cruise Ship ground operations while investing in eco-responsible and socially aware tourism.


About Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited:

Fairfax Financial Holdings 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, Prem Watsa, 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% of the IKYA Group, a provider of HR Recruitment 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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