ANEX Tour be­comes one of 4 top share­hold­ers in Thomas Cook

Dünya Executive - - OVERVIEW -

Ne­set Kockar, a busi­ness­man from Kars, en­gaged in tourism in the for­mer Soviet Bloc coun­tries, es­pe­cially Rus­sia, has be­come a part­ner in one of the largest tour op­er­a­tors in the world. Kockar, es­tab­lished in Kars in 1973, grew rapidly with its 23-year-old com­pany Anex Tour, ac­quir­ing 6.7 per­cent of the world-fa­mous Thomas Cook, Kerim Ulker of daily DUNYA re­ported. Thomas Cook, Europe’s sec­ond largest tourism com­pany, has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sig­nif­i­cant prob­lems for a long time. With the ac­qui­si­tion, Kockar be­came one of the most im­por­tant part­ners of the com­pany.

“Thomas Cook is a well-es­tab­lished and a highly re­spected com­peti­tor and their space in the tourism in­dus­try is unique,” Kockar said in a state­ment. “We be­lieve Thomas Cook has more value and po­ten­tial than what has been dis­cussed re­cently, par­tic­u­larly with the skillset and com­ple­men­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties ANEX Tour shall put for­ward. As such, we are keen to ex­plore fur­ther the po­ten­tial strate­gic ini­tia­tives re­lated to Thomas Cook and en­gage with the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers. Go­ing for­ward, we shall make fur­ther an­nounce­ments, as ap­pro­pri­ate and nec­es­sary.” Founded in 1841, Thomas Cook has a turnover of over £9.5 bil­lion. In­vesco is the most im­por­tant share­holder of Thomas Cook, with 105 air­craft in its fleet, more than 2,900 of­fices and 33 thou­sand em­ploy­ees. Stan­dard Life In­vest­ments Ltd has a 10 per­cent stake and Chi­nese Guo Guangchang a 7 per­cent stake. Koçkar be­came one of the top 4 share­hold­ers with 6.7 per­cent.

ANEX Tour has been a driv­ing force in the tourism in­dus­try since its es­tab­lish­ment in 1996, of­fer­ing an end-to-end travel ex­pe­ri­ence com­bin­ing trans­porta­tion, ac­com­mo­da­tion, and var­i­ous des­ti­na­tion ser­vices in­clud­ing ex­cur­sion and other hol­i­day prod­ucts for its cus­tomers. Due to its in­no­va­tive vi­sion and sense of qual­ity, ANEX Tour is also one of the cap­tains of the in­dus­try on the in­ter­na­tional stage with op­er­a­tions in 48 coun­tries and of­fices in 18 coun­tries. It has served over four mil­lion guests an­nu­ally for the past 24 years, with a head­count of over 6,500.

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