Published on Friday, January 22, 2016

Thomson pulls summer Tunisia programme

Thomson has cancelled its Tunisia programme until at least October 31 in light of continued security concerns, but Thomas Cook has not followed suit.

Last June, a terror attack in the Tunisian resort of Sousse killed 33 British tourists who were on holiday with Thomson and its sister company First Choice.

The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth continues to advise against all but essential travel to Tunisia following the attack, which killed six other people.

Thomas Cook said 'given that we have no clear indication as to when this (advice) may change', it has not extended its cancellations beyond April 30.

"Thomas Cook is continuing to monitor the situation closely, working in collaboration with the FCO and our colleagues in the travel industry," it said.

Thomson said customers affected by its decision this week will be able to change their holiday to any of its destinations currently on sale, without incurring an amendment fee, or receive a full refund.

If the new holiday departs on or before October 31 2016, it is also offering a £30 per person discount, regardless of whether the alternative holiday is cheaper or more expensive - providing the new holiday is booked by February 29 2016.

"We would like to thank our customers for their continued patience and apologise for the inconvenience caused, whilst the FCO advice to Tunisia is in place. We hope this information allows our customers to make alternative holiday plans," it said.


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