Why world’s oldest travel firm has been to hell and back, then ...

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Why world’s oldest travel firm has been to hell and back, then hell again

More than 100,000 tourists were stranded all over the world as the firm collapsed on Monday

Oliver Gill and Michael O'Dwyer

Right to the end, travel firm Thomas Cook enjoyed a seemingly rock-solid reputation alongside other British retail stalwarts. Yet like other venerable household names, the oldest tour operator in the world will now disappear from the high street.

Thomas Cook’s founder began by selling a one-day excursion between Leicester and Loughborough in 1841.

But Thomas Cook as we know it is not that old...

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