June 6, 2010 |
Villages in the Bavarian Alps go to sleep early on summer nights. Silence rolls down from the mountaintops along with an eiderdown blanket of fog. A cowbell chimes. A few lights flicker, then go out. But not this summer in Oberammergau, about 50 miles southwest of Munich, where the lights are on five nights a week and 2,000 villagers stay up late to fulfill a vow their staunchly Roman Catholic ancestors made almost 400 years ago when the village was threatened by the plague.
November 15, 1998 |
The Internet revolution has gotten some new recruits in the travel industry, with several major institutions debuting online offerings. Among them: * London-based Thomas Cook Foreign Exchange, the world's largest network of retail foreign-exchange bureaus, this month began selling currencies and traveler's checks online.
November 4, 1998 |
Thomas H. Cook's last book, "The Chatham School Affair," won the 1997 Edgar Award for best novel, and his haunting new one, "Instruments of Night," could be a contender. The aptly named hero, Paul Graves, is the author of a bleak mystery series set in 19th century New York. A modern-day New Yorker, Graves sets his books in the past because it's the only place where he "felt truly safe."
September 10, 1996 |
Thomas Cook, a global travel and financial group that sold its U.S. travel agencies two years ago to American Express, hopes to return to the market by teaming with the American Automobile Assn. to form one of the world's largest leisure travel alliances. The deal announced Monday would combine operations at Thomas Cook's 1,800 worldwide offices with AAA's 1,000 travel agencies as of Jan. 1. The combined customer base is estimated at more than 54 million leisure travelers.
September 13, 1994 |
American Express Co. said Monday it is buying the U.S. offices and the international business travel unit of London-based Thomas Cook Group Ltd. for $375 million. American Express said it is seeking to strengthen its corporate travel business worldwide, and the two Thomas Cook businesses, with annual sales of more than $3 billion, will expand its travel management services business by a third. The Thomas Cook Partnership is the third-largest travel agency in the United States.
January 12, 1993 |
The two top executives of Thomas Cook Travel U.S. have purchased a 50% interest in the company from the estate of the late Robert Maxwell, the company said. The acquisition gives David and Linda Paresky, chairman and vice chairman respectively, 100% ownership of the American branch of Thomas Cook, the company said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Pareskys had operating control of the Thomas Cook U.S. interests since 1989, when Maxwell acquired half the company.