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Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. launches app for Windows 8 users
~ Only app offering both travel and foreign exchange ~


Mumbai, December 20, 2012: Thomas Cook (India) Ltd, India’s largest integrated travel & travel related financial services company, launched the App for Windows 8, a unique customer empowering app offering a host of travel and foreign exchange services on the go. This app is available free of cost and can be downloaded from the Windows Store.

Thomas Cook India was the first company to offer foreign exchange via its Windows 8 app and is today the only Travel Company to offer both Forex and Travel on the new Windows 8 platform.


With dynamic Foreign Exchange rates (for 26 global currencies) powering its simple and convenient ordering mechanism, is both a handy guide and an effective transactive tool for holiday makers, the business traveler and students.


Thomas Cook India’s internal research has reiterated that the evolving Indian traveler is constantly on the look-out for new destinations and engaging travel experiences. Its Windows 8 app hence provides invaluable support with weekly destination features, holiday deals & a delightful diversity of packages both domestic and international.


Commenting on the launch of this new app, Mr. Madhavan Menon, Managing Director, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd said, “Indian travelers are researching and booking online like never before. Thomas Cook’s pioneering heritage as the inventor of the world’s first package holiday and travelers’ cheques continues unabated, and keeping up with today’s tech savvy customer, is increasingly driven by technology. This innovative, customer-empowering Windows 8 app with its unique interface, provides our customers with yet another way to explore and order their holidays & forex online and on the move, delivering a smooth & enriching travel experience”.


Speaking of the app, Amrish Goyal, Director Windows Business Group, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. said, on Windows 8 is exactly what the OS is all about – providing the consumers with access and convenience on the go. This app will provide first class travel and foreign exchange services to Windows 8 users with features on weekly destinations, an array of domestic and international holiday packages and a lot more. We are very excited about this unique addition to the steadily growing Windows Store which has an array of some amazing apps.


The Win 8 Forex Store App can be used to plan and buy domestic & international holidays with attractive offers. Moreover, one can also see forex rates, buy forex, send/receive money, and a lot more.

About Thomas Cook (India) Limited:

Thomas Cook is 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 249 locations (including 26 airport counters) in 100 cities across India, Mauritius & Sri Lanka and is supported by a strong partner network of 122 Gold Circle Partners and 172 Preferred Sales Agents in over 100 cities pan India.


The Brand Trust Report™, India study 2012, has ranked Thomas Cook (India) Ltd as The most Trusted Brand in Travel Services. Thomas Cook India has also been honoured with the prestigious “Favourite Specialist Tour Operator" award at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards 2011 and 2012 and was conferred with the CNBC AWAAZ - “ Best company providing foreign exchange” in India for the third year in a row. In addition, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd has been awarded 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. TCIL was awarded the prestigious National Tourism Award (2010-2011) for ‘Outstanding Performance’ as an ‘Inbound Tour Operator’ in Category I, third position.


CRISIL has reaffirmed Thomas Cook (India) Limited with the ‘CRISIL A1+ and AA- rating.


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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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