Experience the best of South Africa only with Thomas Cook (India)

This holiday season South African Tourism in partnership with Thomas Cook, a leading integrated travel and travel related financial services company, are offering travellers a chance to experience South Africa like never before with some exciting holiday package options.

Mumbai, Maharashtra, November 25, 2013 /India PRwire/ -- This holiday season South African Tourism in partnership with Thomas Cook, a leading integrated travel and travel related financial services company, are offering travellers a chance to experience South Africa like never before with some exciting holiday package options. The special itineraries created by Thomas Cook are aimed to give the travellers a holistic -fun-filled experience in South Africa by combining the country's fascinating culture, majestic wildlife, gorgeous vineyards and breathtaking adventure activities. This is the time for all travel enthusiasts, to embark on an exhilarating tour of South Africa. Book your holiday before the offer ends, packages are valid until March 2014.

The fabulous 9D / 10N group tour package titled South African Royale is priced at Rs. 1,66,400 (inclusive return airfares, visa, accommodation, travel insurance, sightseeing & meals) and covers Cape Town, Knysna, Sun City and Johannesburg during the trip.

Thomas Cook also has come up with a special youth package priced at Rs. 90,300 (inclusive accommodation, transfers and sightseeing) and includes Oudtshoorn, Kynsna, Port Elizabeth, Kruger and Johannesburg for a 9D / 10N holiday tour.

Commenting on the partnership with Thomas Cook, Ms.Hanneli Slabber, Country Manager, South African Tourism said, "We are delighted to offer an exciting range of packages in partnership with Thomas Cook. As the winter season commences, this is the perfect time for Indian travellers to indulge in South African summer extravaganza. The packages offered by Thomas Cook provide a holistic experience of the country and ensures a memorable experience backed by exceptional hospitality and travel experience."

Ms.Shibani Phadkar, Senior Vice President & Head, Leisure Travel (Outbound) - Products, Contracting, Operations & Tour Management, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. said, "We are extremely pleased to partner with South African Tourism. At Thomas Cook (India) Ltd., we have seen remarkable growth in Indian outbound travellers to South Africa. With its delightful diversity of breath-taking natural vistas and engaging activities, the destination holds great attraction for the Indian tourist- India's Gen Y, families, corporate executives, to Gen S."

She added, "Our specially crafted itineraries are aimed at inspiring new ways to explore South Africa: from our Group portfolio that captures the spirit of South Africa with its heady mix of stunning landscapes, wildlife-adventure and culture, to exciting new experiences for the evolving Indian holiday maker, including Self Drives, sunset tours via hot air balloon rides over Oudtshoorn. There are also cultural village tours at Karkloof, retail therapy at the eclectic 44 Stanley and Sandton City. For the adventurous adrenalin rush seekers, our 'Rock On Holidays' option offers Shark Cage Dives in Cape Town, Bungee Jumping from the Blukrans bridge and skydiving and a unique Kaapsehoop Horse trail at the Kruger National Park. Our luxury brand 'Indulgence' showcases gourmet wine tours at Stellenbosch & Franchhoek and decadent spa therapy at the Karkloof spa; also private yacht tours on the Knysna lagoon."

According to the latest report, 59,161 Indian tourists came to South Africa between January and June this year marking an 11 % increase when compared to the 53,291 Indian tourists that came to South Africa during the same period in 2012.

Notes to Editor

About Thomas Cook (India) Limited:

Thomas Cook (India) Ltd is the leading integrated travel and travel related financial services company in the country offering a broad spectrum of services that include Foreign Exchange, Corporate Travel, MICE, Leisure Travel, Insurance, Visa & Passport services and E-Business. The company set up its first office in India in 1881.

TCIL's footprint currently extends to over 242 locations (including 23 airport counters) in 99 cities across India, Mauritius & Sri Lanka and is supported by a strong partner network of 134 Gold Circle Partners and 165 Preferred Sales Agents in over 150 cities across India.

Thomas Cook (India) Ltd has been voted Best Tour Operator at the Lonely Planet Travel Awards 2013, Favourite Specialist Tour Operator at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards 2012 & 2011 and Best Tour Operator - Outbound at the CNBC AWAAZ Travel Awards 2013. In addition, TCIL has been chosen as the Best Corporate Travel Management Company by World Travel Brands 2012, and recognized as a "Consumer Superbrand" 2012-2013 by Superbrands. At the National Tourism Awards 2011-2012, TCIL was the recipient of 3 prestigious awards. Thomas Cook India's Centre of Learning has received IATA accreditation as "Top 10 South Asia IATA Authorized Training Centers", 2013 & 2012.

ICRA has assigned a long term rating of 'ICRA AA-/ Stable' and CRISIL has assigned a long term rating of CRISIL AA-/ stable outlook, to the non convertible debenture program.

For more information, please visit www.thomascook.in

Thomas Cook (India) Limited is promoted by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fairbridge Capital. Fairbridge is responsible for the execution of acquisition and investment opportunities in the Indian subcontinent on behalf of the Fairfax family of companies.

About Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited:

Fairfax Financial Holdings is a Toronto-based financial services holding company with a global presence in insurance and reinsurance and a portfolio of assets in excess of $30 billion invested worldwide. The Company, founded in 1985 by the present Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Prem Watsa, has over the past 25 years, demonstrated a strong financial track record to achieve an annual appreciation in Book Value per Share of 24.7% annually.

Fairfax has almost 20 general insurance subsidiaries and joint ventures globally, including ICICI Lombard (India).

Fairfax is engaged in long term investments from its own resources, with a focus to delivering long term capital appreciation through a flexible and value oriented approach.

Fairfax Financial Holdings through Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. owns 74% of the IKYA Group, a provider of HR Recruitment Services.

About South Africa Tourism

South African Tourism is the national tourism agency responsible for the marketing of South Africa as a preferred tourist destination. It is headed up by Chief Executive Officer, Mr Thulani Nzima, Chief Operating Officer Mr Timothy Scholtz and Chief Marketing Officer, Ms. Janine Hutton.

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