2003 Press Releases

Thomas Cook in alliance with Viator

Offers online booking of Sightseeing Attractions

Travellers interested in a Napa Valley wine tour, a visit to LondonEye, Madame Tussauds or tickets to a Broadway show can now book these attractions and many more directly on Thomas Cook Indiaís website, thomascook.co.in. Launched today in a strategic relationship with Viator, Inc., a global provider of destination content, technology and distribution services to the travel industry, thomascook.co.inís sightseeing offerings enable travellers to plan and book more of their trip at one convenient online location.

"Travellers today are looking for more than just airfare, lodging or holidays when they go online," said Madhavan Menon, Executive Director of Thomas Cook. " thomascook.co.in now equips travellers with tickets for sightseeing tours, local events and attractions. Because travellers can book these services before they get to their destination, they can be better prepared, enjoy themselves more and truly travel right. Providing these services helps Thomas Cook continue to deliver on the vision of a one-stop-shop for travel services."

Customers can simply visit www.thomascook.co.in, and click the sightseeing link from the holidays section. They can then search their requirement based on destinations and interests. All services include detailed descriptions, instant pricing and availability. After reviewing the list of attractions, customers choose their activity, indicate the date of the reservation, obtain the final price and on online payment receive an online voucher, which serves as their ticket and confirmation. Customers just bring their printed voucher with them to the attraction. By booking tickets in advance on thomascook.co.in, travellers can alleviate the frustration of long lines and sold-out events.

"Viator's relationship with thomascook.co.in enables us to deliver destination activities to more travellers than ever before," said Ashwini Kakkar, CEO and MD of Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. "Booking destination activities in advance has always been a hassle for travellers. Now, they can easily shop for and pre-purchase some of the most popular tours and attractions in cities around the world when they book their travel on thomascook.co.in."

Selected sightseeing tours, attractions and events in over 180 destinations are online today, including London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco, with plans to expand to more destinations over the coming months. All services are offered a la carte, so travellers can either book attractions separately or in conjunction with other thomascook.co.in travel services.