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    Thomas Cook & SOTC appointed as Authorised Ticket Resellers for Expo 2020 Dubai

     India’s leading integrated travel services company, Thomas Cook India, and its Group  Company, SOTC Travel Ltd., have been appointed as Authorised Ticket Resellers for Expo 2020 Dubai, to be  held in Dubai from 1 October, 2021 to 31 March, 2022. The companies’ leadership positioning, extensive  omnichannel distribution network, in addition to the diversity of their segments (across India’s leisure, business,  b-leisure, MICE and B2B) will offer significant benefit in inspiring visitors to witness this once-in-a-lifetime global  mega-event and ensure smooth and seamless end-to-end delivery.  

    With the theme and purpose of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 will be the world’s most  impactful global incubator for new ideas, catalysing an exchange of new perspectives and inspiring action to  deliver real-life solutions to real-world challenges. Expo 2020 will provide a visually striking and emotionally  inspiring 182 days, as more than 200 participants – including nations, multilateral organisations, businesses,  and educational institutions, as well as millions of visitors – create the largest and most diverse World Expo  ever. 

    To ensure Indian’s maximise on this unparalleled opportunity, Thomas Cook India and SOTC have designed a  unique portfolio of ready-to-book products and customised experiences, specially curated to appeal to India’s  leisure, business and MICE visitors. The 1-Day Tickets and Multi-Day Tickets incorporate unbeatable value with included attractions and shows as well as access to more than 200 pavilions. 

    ‘Connecting Minds and Creating the Future’ through sustainability, mobility and opportunity brings visitors a first hand insight into cutting-edge transportation, the future of communication (5G and mixed reality), sustainability  (producing water from air, net-zero buildings that also generate electricity) and gastronomy with a difference  (multisensory restaurants and more than 200 food-and-beverage outlets). Exclusive entertainment (all part of  the entry ticket) top local and international artists, sound and light extravaganzas, with up to 60 events daily. With so much to see and experience, Thomas Cook India and SOTC have launched unique technology enabled  solutions towards personalization – enabling travellers to create their own itinerary based on their personal  preferences – to best optimize their Expo 2020 visits. 

    Mr. Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head – Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook (India) Limited. said, “We are delighted and honoured to be appointed an Authorised Ticket Reseller for Expo  2020 and have lined up an exciting range of unique products for every traveller – from India’s millennials,  couples, families, students, business to MICE travellers. For industry associations, corporates/businesses, Expo  2020 is an ideal space for ideation/R&D/business and networking and our products have been tailor-made to  cater to their specific needs too.” 

    Mr. Daniel D’souza President & Country Head, SOTC Travel said, “Expo 2020 is a vibrant platform, be it to  learn, innovate or do business, and our unique product-service portfolio as an Authorised Ticket Reseller  promises an extraordinary experience across all age groups and source markets from metros to regional India. Our company’s presence and reach countrywide will give consumers easy access to plan their perfect Expo  trip/s with our experts – by visiting our retail stores or via our virtual holiday outlet. Expo 2020, stated to be the  world’s greatest show awaits Indians and we look forward to creating a truly memorable experience for Indians.” 

    Ms. Sumathi Ramanathan, Vice President, Market Strategy and Sales, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Expo 2020  Dubai represents a global celebration of human ingenuity – one that promises an extraordinary experience for  visitors of all ages, nationalities and interests – and I am specially delighted with our appointment of Thomas  Cook India & SOTC as an Authorised Ticket Reseller to help us in our delivery for this highly viable market. Expo  2020 is ready to welcome the world, and with the support of Thomas Cook and SOTC, we invite Indians to join us  and be part of the most diverse World Expo in history, as we build a better future for all.” 

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    About Thomas Cook (India) Limited: Set up in 1881, Thomas Cook (India) Limited. (TCIL) is the leading 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, Value Added Services, Visa and Passport services and E-Business. It operates leading B2C and B2B  brands including Thomas Cook, SOTC, TCI, SITA, Asian Trails, Allied T Pro, Australian Tours Management, Desert Adventures, Luxe  Asia, Kuoni Hong Kong, Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited, TC Forex, Distant Frontiers, TC Tours, TC Visa, Travel Circle International  Limited, Ithaka, Digiphoto Entertainment Imaging (DEI), Private Safaris East & South Africa.  

    As one of the largest travel service provider networks headquartered in the Asia-Pacific region, The Thomas Cook India Group spans  25 countries across 5 continents, a team of over 8388 and a combined revenue in excess of Rs. 6948.3 Cr. (over $ 0.93 Bn.) for the  financial year ended March 31, 2020.  

    TCIL has been felicitated with CNBC-TV18 & ICICI Lombard India Risk Management Award – Travel & Leisure Category 2021, The  Best Travel Agency – India at TTG Travel Awards 2019, The Best Outbound Tour Operator at the Times Travel Awards 2018 & 2019  and Leading Company with Cutting Edge Travel Innovation at the Times Travel Awards 2018, Silver award for Asia’s Best Integrated  Reprt (First Time) category at the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards 2019, Best Risk Management-Framework & Systems at the  India Risk Management Awards 2019; Best Cash Management Solution – India at the Asset Triple A Treasury, Trade, Supply Chain &  Risk Management Awards 2018, Best Outbound Tour Operator at the SATTE Awards 2019, Excellence in Domestic Tour Operations at  the SATTE Awards 2018, The French Ambassador’s Award for Exemplary Achievements in Visa Issuance – 2015 to 2019 and the  Condé Nast Traveller – Readers’ Travel Awards from 2011 to 2019.  

    CRISIL has revised the rating on debt programmes and bank facilities of Thomas Cook (India) Limited to ‘CRISIL A+/Negative on the  long-term bank facilities of TCIL and CRISIL A1 rating on the short-term bank facilities and short- term debt of the Company.  

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    Fairbridge Capital (Mauritius) Limited, a subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited promotes TCIL by holding 65.60% of its paid up capital and is responsible for the execution of acquisition and investment opportunities.  

    About Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited: Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited is a holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is  engaged in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment management. Founded in 1985 by the present Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Prem Watsa, the company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Its common shares are listed on the  Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol FFH and in U.S. dollars under the symbol FFH.U.  

    About Subsidiaries of Thomas Cook (India) Limited: 

    Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited, wholly owned subsidiary of TCIL is engaged in time share and resort business. SOTC Travel Limited, wholly owned subsidiary of TCIL is a leading travel and tourism company active across various travel segments  including Leisure Travel, Incentive Travel and Business Travel.

    Travel Corporation (India) Limited. (TCI), a brand owned by TCIL through its wholly owned subsidiary company, is the leading  Destination Management Company in India that offers tailor-made travel and related services to India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.  Thomas Cook India Group holds 51% stake in DEI Holdings Limited (DEI), one of the world’s leading imaging solutions and services

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