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Thomas Cook India & SOTC Travel announce TravShield & Holiday First and Pay When You Return

Mumbai:16/6/21: With the decline in the second COVID-19 wave and acceleration of vaccine drives, Indians are displaying increasing positive travel sentiment. However, concerns on health/hygiene and constant changes in protocols have resulted in understandable uncertainly. To provide guidance and build confidence that it is safe to travel again, Thomas Cook India & SOTC Travel Ltd. have announced a two-pronged strategy: TravShield and Holiday First and Pay When You Return to cover every aspect of physical and financial safety. TravShield, a comprehensive safe travel commitment is designed with meticulous health and safety protocols to safeguard customers across Holidays, MICE, and Business Travel and encompasses and enhances the companies’ existing Assured Insured Secured Travel Program.

To better understand consumer behaviours and travel needs, Thomas Cook India and SOTC surveyed over 4000 customers in June 2021. The data analysis has revealed strong pent up demand/travel desire along with key pain points/needs while traveling in the COVID era:

  • A significant 69% of respondents indicated keen interest to travel in 2021 post ease in restrictions – with 18% ready to travel immediately post unlock and 51% within 3-6 months
  • Approximately 81% of respondents reiterated their need for refundable/zero cancellation products
  • 52% selected complete re-sanitation of rooms as a key requirement
  • Fully vaccinated hotel staff and drivers was a need highlighted by 48% and 34% of respondents, respectively

To allay customer doubts and instill confidence, TravShield was hence conceptualised by Thomas Cook India and SOTC to cover every aspect of physical safety as well as mental and financial security. The comprehensive and meticulous health & safety Assured Program, in partnership with Apollo Clinics, is inbuilt into TravShield. Aimed at ensuring a stress-free and safe holiday experience across every stage of the customer journey, TravShield offers a wide range of customer benefits:

Connect Safely

  • Contactless interactions during the sales and servicing stage, pre-travel
  • Sanitised branches with safety protocols
  • Vaccinated Travel Advisors
  • Contactless payment options

 Book Safely

  •  Free Rescheduling & Cancellation

 Care & Assistance

  • COVID-19 Insurance Cover
  • 24/7 Concierge and Emergency Contact Assistance
  • 24/7 Doctor-On-Call in association with Apollo Clinics

 Travel & Stay Safe

  • Flights: Vaccinated/ COVID-19 Negative Crew, HEPA Air Filters, In-flight protective gear
  • Local Transport: enhanced sanitising of vehicles, vaccinated/ COVID-19 Negative drivers
  • Hotels: quality hotel partners, sanitised and safe rooms, vaccinated/ COVID-19 Negative staff

To provide much-needed financial support, the companies have introduced a unique Holiday First and Pay When You Return scheme to provide customers the flexibility and benefits of paying only once they return from their holiday.

TravShield together with Holiday First and Pay When You Return incorporates the companies’ commitment to health and safety, simplifies the travel experience, and offers significant savings, thus making travel safe, flexible, hassle free and easy on the wallet.

Mr. Madhavan Menon, Managing Director, Thomas Cook (India) Limited said, “At Thomas Cook and SOTC, we deeply value our customer’s safety and go to great lengths to ensure that our travel services meet global safety standards. In 2020, we launched the Thomas Cook & SOTC Assured Program in association with Apollo Clinics, which became the accepted standard for safe travel in India. 

As travel reopens again, to give our customers across Holidays, Business Travel, and MICE the confidence to travel safely, I am proud to present TravShield – a definitive Travel Safety Commitment from Thomas Cook & SOTC. TravShield encompasses and enhances our existing Assured Safe Travel Program, ensuring meticulous health and safety protocols at every stage of the customer journey. To benefit our customers and allay their fears, TravShield offers significant flexibility in rebooking/cancellations, guidance on travel protocols via our Safe Holiday Helpline; also our emergency Doctor On Call service while on tour.

To ease the financial burden of our customers, we have also launched our unique and meaningful Holiday First and Pay When You Return scheme. Our endeavor is to cover every aspect of physical and financial security to ensure our customers get complete peace of mind while holidaying with Thomas Cook India and SOTC.”

To ease the financial burden of our customers, we have also launched our unique and meaningful Holiday First and Pay When You Return scheme. Our endeavor is to cover every aspect of physical and financial security to ensure our customers get complete peace of mind while holidaying with Thomas Cook India and SOTC.”

For more information, please visit: Thomas Cook Travshield;SOTC Travshield

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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