Holiday accommodation choice grows under partnership between Thomas Cook and WebBeds

By Gay Bolton
Thursday, 8th October 2020, 11:20 am
Updated Thursday, 8th October 2020, 12:20 pm

Holidaymakers will be given access to a huge choice of accommodation in beach destinations and cities around the world under a new partnership.

WebBeds, the world’s second and fastest growing B2B bedbank, has partnered with the new Thomas Cook that has launched as an online -only travel business.

The link-up enables WebBeds to provide Thomas Cook with access to a selection of its 30,000 directly contracted hotels, from affordable independent hotels, to beach resorts, to international five-star hotel chains – and much, much more.

Thomas Cook has launched as a “COVID-ready” travel company that means it only sells destinations that are on the UK’s travel corridor list and all of the hotels are flexible.

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    Paul Hewer, WebBeds’ regional director of sales North Europe said: “We are pleased to be working with Thomas Cook again following the launch of their online-only business. The depth and breadth of our accommodation inventory means that whatever holiday a Thomas Cook customer wants, it can be supplied through WebBeds.”

    Emma King, head of commercial product, at Thomas Cook said: “Our relationship with WebBeds gives our customers access to an excellent selection of hotels and accommodation in our key destinations across the world’s beach and city holiday spots.”

    A bedbank buys rooms from accommodation providers in bulk, at a discounted price for specific dates and sells them to travel agents, airlines or tour operators.

    In September last year, Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest travel firm, went bust. At that time, Thomas Cook employed 9,000 people in the UK where it had about 560 shops.

    ( photo of French Polynesia: Vincent Gerbouin)