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'We anticipate heavy discounts this summer'

'We anticipate heavy discounts this summer'

Looking ahead to summer, Fankhauser conceded 2019 “would not be easy” after the turn-of-year peaks market and “shoulder seasons” were dominated by offers, adding the Brexit uncertainty that hit sales in March had been “kicked another six months down the road”.

 

“I think, and hope, we can sell the peak season at a reasonable price,” he said. “We took the proactive decision earlier this year to cut capacity, reduce the number of seats available and cut back on beds in destinations.

 

“That means we have fewer holidays to sell coming into the summer. Even so, we anticipate there will be heavy discounts to attract customers. We’ll need our partners to support us on that.”

 

Despite its recent financial troubles, Fankhauser vowed Cook was “here to stay”. “We have the backing of our biggest shareholder and the support of our banks. We now have to invest in the future and build a different Thomas Cook.”

 

Cook on Monday morning (10 June) confirmed its largest shareholder, Fosun International Limited, had made a "preliminary approach" for Cook’s tour operator business following media speculation at the weekend.

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