About Thomas Cook China
Thomas Cook China 托迈酷客 was formed in March 2015 when Thomas Cook, one of the world's leading travel groups, and Fosun, a leading Chinese investment group with operations globally, entered into a strategic partnership. Tapping into Thomas Cook’s unparalleled experience in international tourism as well as Fosun Group’s market insights and resources, the joint venture benefits from the best of both worlds as it takes on China’s fast-growing domestic and international tourism market.
175 years of excellence
Since the beginning of time people have have been fascinated with exploring and seeking new adventures. Each journey is a personal voyage of discovery. Established in 1841, Thomas Cook is not only a pioneer in the travel industry but also one of the world’s leading travel companies. It serves over 20 million customers each year and its sales revenue exceeds GBP 9 billion. With a global workforce of 22,000 employees based across 15 countries, Thomas Cook continues to be a global leading travel expert delivering operational and service excellence.
Established in 1992, the Fosun Group is one of modern China’s success stories. In July 2007, Fosun International, the parent company of Fosun Group, was officially listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Today it is a world-class investment group with a diverse portfolio that spans the real estate, healthcare, insurance, energy, tourism, fashion, and leisure sectors.
On 9 June 1841, the 32-year-old Mr. Thomas Cook travelled by foot from his home in Market Harborough to Leicester to attend a meeting. During this journey, it suddenly occurred to him that railways and locomotives were powerful resources that could be employed for great public benefit.
At the meeting, Thomas suggested that a special train should be engaged to transport all the attendees from Leicester to join a meeting in Loughborough in four weeks. On 5 July 1841, this journey was successfully made by about 500 passengers on a specially-arranged open-carriage train. The trip was considered a huge success, and marked the birth of the Thomas Cook business and travel booking service. To this day 175 years on, modern travellers still enjoy travel packages through a booking service.
In 1872, due to his fascination with Eastern cultures, Mr. Thomas Cook went on a journey across the globe that lasted 222 days exploring many important cities in Asia, with China being one of the highlights of his tour. In the early 20th century, Thomas Cook established its first offices in China with branches in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. Today, the Thomas Cook group is proud to re-establish its presence in China, ready to share our exciting range of travel and tour packages and guide you through every step of your journey to create the vacation of your dreams.