The World's First Package Tours

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When was the last time you had holiday? And did you organise the or did you take a package tour. days, most people choose a package , especially when they go abroad on holiday. pay for their travel and accommodation their own country, and they take traveller's which they exchange for local money when arrive in the foreign country. But the past it was very different. fact, before the middle of the nineteenth , travelling for pleasure was rare and very , and only a few rich people travelled . The man who changed all this brought in the age of mass tourism Thomas Cook.

Thomas Cook was a in Leicester, England, and the secretary of local church organisation. In 1841 it his job to arrange rail travel for of his church to a meeting in Loughborough, a round trip of twenty-two miles. was the world's first package trip. this first success, he organised many more his church. Then in 1845 he a package tour to Liverpool for the public, and before it took place he to Liverpool to meet the hotel staff, check the accommodation and restaurants.

He started to organise trips all over Britain, the Great Exhibition in London. In 1851 he published the world's first travel magazine had details of trips, advice to travellers articles and reports about the places to .

In 1845 he gave up his as a printer. In 1855 he his first tourists to Paris and later led a tour of Belgium, Germany and . In 1863 he went to Switzerland in 1864 to Italy. By then had a million clients. The following he opened an office in London, which son John Mason managed. They introduced circular ticket which gave the traveller a ticket to cover one journey instead of number of tickets from all the railway involved, and they organised a system of which people bought at home and exchanged the foreign country for a hotel room meals.

In 1866 the first group European tourists visited New York and the War battlefields of Virginia. In 1868 Cooks went to the Holy Land with because there were no hotels there at time. After the Suez canal opened 1869, Cook created his own fleet of boats to travel up the river Nile.

was dangerous to carry large amounts cash, so in 1874 Cook introduced an form of traveller's cheque, which travellers could at a number of hotels and banks the world.

Thomas Cook died in 1892 at the age of 84, and his John Mason seven years later. But age of the package tour and mass was born.

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