This expansion augments Thomas Cook India’s distribution and reach in Karnataka to 17 consumer access centres: 7 owned branches and 10 Gold Circle Partner (franchise) outlets across Bengaluru, Hubli, Mangaluru, Mysuru, Udupi, Shimoga & Gulbarga.
Over the past 18 months, there has been a strong pent-up demand and now with the easing of restrictions and re-opening of borders, Karnataka’s consumers are displaying a strong travel desire for domestic travel to Goa, Andamans, Kashmir, Leh-Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala and international travel to Maldives, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Switzerland, France, Austria, Turkey and Egypt.
Key segments driving growth from Karnataka include millennials/young professionals, families, couples and group of friends, and corporates.
In the new age of travel (Covid-era), customers are understandably seeking the guidance and reassurance of holiday experts to navigate through the complexities and changes in travel and health protocols. Thomas Cook India’s Third Holiday Readiness Report (June 2021) reiterates the same, with a significant 77% respondents stating that they require guidance of a holiday expert.
To help customers with their travel plans and requirements, Thomas Cook India has set up a new Gold Circle Partner franchise outlet at Bengaluru, Karnataka. Additionally, to build consumer confidence in travel, Thomas Cook India has launched TravShield - Travel Safety Commitment that covers every aspect of physical safety as well as mental and financial security to give the customer complete peace of mind.