TTG editor Sophie Griffiths is in Cyprus. She caught up with some of the many Thomas Cook customers – and businesses – affected by the operator’s collapse.
Cyprus is an island that depends hugely on tourism, and on operators like Thomas Cook.
Following the collapse of the 178-year-old company on Monday morning, local newspapers here reported of an emergency meeting chaired by the deputy tourism minster bringing together tourism stakeholders to examine the consequences of Thomas Cook’s collapse – not just for the estimated 15,000 tourists currently in the country,but also for the island’s crucial tourism industry.
I spoke with hotel receptionists, hotel managers and tourists on the streets and beaches of the popular resort of Protaras.
They all seemed totally bewildered and confused about what would happen next.