The British Embassy is pledging its support to repatriate hundreds of British tourists stranded in Quintana Roo. In a letter to the Secretariat of Tourism for Quintana Roo, it also guarantees all the debts payable by Thomas Cook to Mexican travel companies.
British Embassy bails out Thomas Cook
In light of this national travel crisis, the UK government will repatriate over 150,000 stranded British tourists worldwide. This effectively means that the UK government is bailing out the UK´s 4th largest tour operator. And to the tune of millions of pounds.
Thomas Cook`s failure means massive debts are payable to hotels and tour agencies around the world. Without a doubt, this is certainly the biggest collapse in the UK´s travel history.
At stake in Mexico are the outstanding costs of accommodations of over 300 British holidaymakers in Mexico´s Riviera Maya and Cancun.
British Embassy provides assurances
Quintana Roo´s Secretary for Tourism, Marisol Vanegas Pérez says that she is working with the British Embassy to repatriate British travelers. The first priority set out in the letter is to get British holidaymakers home. Besides that, the document also affirms that the UK government will cover Thomas Cook´s debts to Mexican travel companies.
135,000 passengers are flying back on rescue flights over the next 13 days. Everyone will return regardless of nationality or whether they belong to the government`s travel insurance program. As a result of this communication, UK holidaymakers in Riviera Maya and Cancun have peace of mind.
Finally, Marisol Vanegas Pérez also says that another 10,000+ tourists are due to arrive on Thomas Cook vacations over the coming 3 next months. Their vacations will now transfer to other main travel operators that serve the UK market.
The 178-year-old travel agency responsible for helping to pioneer the package tour was brought down by a number of factors. Changing travel habits, online competition, heat waves in Europe are the chief reasons. Furthermore, Britain’s departure from the European Union, which has seen the British pound plummet, is making holidays abroad more expensive.