UK travel giant Thomas Cook collapses, Goa set to feel pinch

More than 600,000 vacationers who booked through tour operator Thomas Cook were on edge Sunday. (AP Photo) Tourist footfalls from the United Kingdom to Goa are expected to take a severe hit after British travel group Thomas CookNSE -2.65 % declared bankruptcy on Monday, an umbrella body of tour and travel operators said here. The 178-year-old operator had been desperately seeking 200 million pounds ($250 million, 227 million euros) from private investors to save it from collapse, but a last-ditch rescue deal failed, triggering the UK’s biggest repatriation since World…

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Travel giant Thomas Cook fails to find private funds to avert collapse: Source

Iconic British travel firm Thomas Cook has failed to find further private investment to stave off collapse and is now relying on an unlikely government bailout, a source close the matter told AFP on September 21. The operator had said on September 20 that it needed 200 million pounds ($ 250 million) — in addition to the 900-million pound rescue deal secured last month — or else face administration, which could potentially trigger Britain’s largest repatriation since World War II. A source close to the negotiations told AFP that the company had failed to…

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In the Footsteps of a Sun Goddess: Danny Darling’s Journey to St. Thomas

Danny Darling could be called the guy version of Julia Roberts in the movie “Eat, Pray, Love.” During the recent winter storms across the Northeast, Danny bought a one-way ticket from Maine to St. Thomas. He has no passport, but he doesn’t need one. He packed his things up, left his pug with a trusted friend and set off for his Caribbean adventure. With no return ticket, Danny has been living at Sugar Bay Resort & Spa. His story is touching, hopeful and speaks to the transformative power of travel. What…

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