- Thomson Holidays
Thomson Holidays is a UK based travel operator and part of
TUI Travel PLC. The company (originally named Thomson Tour Operations, and renamed in 1997) was founded as part of the Thomson Travel Group in 1965 following the acquisition of three package holidaytravel agencies and the airline Britannia Airwaysby Roy Thomson. The Thomson Travel Group was owned by the Thomson Corporationof Canadauntil it was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1998.
After the intense price-cutting rivalries of the early
1970s, Thomson restructured the company and in 1972 acquired Lunn Poly, the largest chain of travel agents in the United Kingdom. The name Lunn Poly was kept until 2004, when TUI UK rebranded as Thomson Holidays in order to create a "powerbrand". The company insisted that there were no plans to rebrand Lunn Poly. The company are now taking more of their business to the web but still hold a big stake in the high street.
Thomson Travel Group was floated on the London Stock Exchange in May 1998 with a valuation of £1.7 billion. In 2000, TTG was acquired by
Preussag AG, an industrial and transportation conglomerate. Preussag was renamed TUI AGon July 1 2002and Thomson Travel became TUI UK. Thomson Holidays and Britannia Airways(rebranded Thomsonfly) are now subsidiaries of that group, part of TUI Travel PLC.
They also were sponers of
Tottenham Hotspur F.C.from 2002-2006.
Thomson Founders' Club
When TTG was floated in 1998, new shareholders were given membership in the "Thomson Founders' Club" which offered a 10% discount on Thomson holidays. Membership was conditional on retaining a minimum of 294 shares, but when TTG was acquired by Preussag membership of the Founders' Club was made permanent and unconditional. However, on 31 January 2008 the Club was abolished without notice or compensation. [ [http://www.thomson.co.uk/editorial/faqs/founders-club/thomson-founders-club.html Thomson Holidays - Thomson Founder's Club ] ]
Thomson Holidays also operates its own
cruise line, Thomson Cruises, that offers low-price cruises around Europe with ships chartered from Louis Cruise Linesand Holland America Line. The company had initially entered the cruise market in 1973, but due to rising fuel costs the venture was terminated in 1976. In 1995, Thomson restarted their cruise line after their competitor Airtourshad a made a successful entry in the cruise business under their Sun Cruisesbrand.
* SS "Ithaca" (1973-1976) - scrapped 2003
* SS "Calypso" (1975-1976) - scrapped 2004
* MS "Sapphire" (1996-2002) - currently sailing for Louis Cruise Lines
* SS "Island Breeze" (1996-1998) - scrapped 2003
* SS "The Topaz" (1997-2003) - currently sailing for
* [http://www.thomson.co.uk Thomson Holidays]
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