February 23, 2020 English news blog from the Algarve

Algarve looking for options after Thomas Cook downfall

The infamous collapse of the British company left the tourism authorities in the region
looking for alternatives.

Although the travel company Thomas Cook only represented 0.2% of the passengers
arriving at the Algarve by air, the tourism authorities in the region are already looking for
options to solve this unexpected vacancy.
The impact in numbers of visitors will not be significant, as the 0.2% represents roughly ten
thousand travellers a year, but with the collapse of Thomas Cook several hotels in the
Algarve will face millions of euros in losses.
Faro Airport and other hotel and tourism associations are looking for solutions to guarantee
that tourists who would normally travel by Thomas Cook can get other means of visiting the
Algarve.
The plan will centre in negotiating with other operators of the biggest markets on the
region. The tourism board of the Algarve guarantees that they are helping the five hundred
visitors affected by the collapse in the Algarve to arrive home safely and with no other
problems.
The United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority said that it has already brought home 95% of
the tourists who were supposed to be back with Thomas Cook on the day and days after the
collapse.

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