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Thomas Cook India Wins Top Honours at the 23rd National Tourism Awards


Mumbai, March 21, 2013: Thomas Cook (India) Limited (TCIL), one of India’s largest integrated Travel and Travel related Financial Services Company was honoured with three awards at the prestigious National Tourism Awards event held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi recently.


The company was felicitated across the following categories:


Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India was the Chief Guest and presented the National Tourism Awards along with Dr. K. Chiranjeevi, Minister of State for Tourism and Mr Parvez Dewan, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism.


The National Tourism Awards is the highest recognition in the country and one of the most coveted awards in the travel & tourism industry with an intent to acknowledge outstanding performance of State Governments and the Trade and Hospitality Sectors. With the winners being selected by an expert committee comprising highly reputed and creditable captains of the Industry, these awards are a reiteration of Thomas Cook India’s leadership position in the travel and tourism industry.


Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Madhavan Menon, Managing Director, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd said, “It is truly an honour to receive not just one, but three top National Tourism Awards. This is indeed a proud moment for all our people across Thomas Cook India and a powerful reiteration of our exceptional and diverse product portfolio, backed by excellence in service delivery and innovation in marketing.


He added, “Acknowledgement from The Government of India is a high praise indeed and this will inspire our Teams to set even higher benchmarks as we continue to delight our customers in India and overseas”


About Thomas Cook (India) Limited:

Thomas Cook is one of the largest 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, and has been providing world-class travel service for 132 years.


TCIL’s footprint currently extends to over 251 locations (including 28 airport counters) in 101 cities across India, Mauritius & Sri Lanka and is supported by a strong partner network of 131 Gold Circle Partners and 162 Preferred Sales Agents in over 100 cities pan India.


Thomas Cook (India) Ltd has been honoured with The Most Trusted Brand in Services award by The Brand Trust Report™, India study 2012 and voted Favourite Specialist Tour Operator at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards 2011 & 2012. In addition, TCIL has been chosen as the Best Corporate Travel Management Company by World Travel Brands 2012, the Most Trusted Tour Operator Brand by the Times Travel Honours 2011 and also recognized as a Superbrand 2011-2012 by consumers for excellence in travel services. The Company was also selected Retailer of the Year – Leisure & Holidays by ET NOW 2013. At the recently concluded National Tourism Awards 2011-2012, TCIL was honored with 3 prestigious awards: Special Award for endeavors in launching new tourism products and exemplary performance during the year 2011-12; Tour Operator Promoting Niche Segments other than Adventure and MICE and Award of Excellence: Best Tourism Promotion Publicity Material.


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Thomas Cook (India) Limited is promoted by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited through its whollyowned 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 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). The portfolio also includes several market leading insurance companies such as Odyssey Re (USA), Crum & Forster (USA), First Capital (Singapore), Fairfax Brasil (Brazil), Gulf Insurance (Kuwait).


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.


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