Mohali, November 25, 2016: Thomas Cook Travel Quest Season III - India’s first national travel quiz for schools conducted its first City Finals today, declaring Mehraj Singh Sidhu and Harshil Helik from St. Stephen’s School as the Chandigarh City Finals winner, ensuring an entry to the Semi-Finals to be held in Ooty. Present at the event were heads of the city’s leading educational institutions, parents and students. The quiz was hosted by illustrious quiz master Mr. Lloyd Saldhana.

 

Text Box: Quick Facts: Thomas Cook Travel Quest – Season III Thomas Cook India has partnered with Greycaps India Private Limited - Asia's largest on stage quizzing and knowledge services company, curated by noted quizmaster Mr. Giri Pickbrain, to bring a holistic and experiential approach to learning, via its vibrant and unique quiz platform- Thomas Cook Travel Quest • New in Season 3- Preliminary written qualifying test at school levels replaced by an online test allowing more transparency & feasibility for schools participating. • 6 month extensive outreach starting September 2016 • Covers over 1100 schools across 14 cities pan India • Includes school students from classes 6 to 9 • Preliminary online qualifying test followed by City finals, Semi-Finals and Finals. • URCAMPUSSTORE.COM has partnered with travel quest season 3 as an online partner • Sterling Holidays partners as Resort partner for the third season of Travel Quest, where Semi-Finals & Finals will be hosted at their Ooty resort • Switzerland Tourism & Spain Tourism partner for Season III National winners get a free experiential study trip to Switzerland along with 2 teachers and Semi Final winners get a free experiential study trip to Spain along with 1 teacher each! • Given outstanding pan-India participation for Season I & II, Thomas Cook Travel Quest Season III – is back and with an interesting format this year.

 

The national travel quiz, open to school students from classes 6 to 9, includes an extensive six month outreach across 14 cities (Dehradun, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Chennai, Coimbatore, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai, and Delhi) and will be held in four stages. An online qualifying test covering 1100 schools is followed by qualifiers to determine City Finals, Semi-Finals and eventually National winners. The semi-finals and the finals will be held at Ooty in the month of January, 2017.

 

For this unique initiative, Thomas Cook India continues its partnership with Greycaps India Private Limited - Asia's largest on stage quizzing and knowledge Services Company, curated by noted quizmaster Mr. Giri Pickbrain with the focus being History & Geography. The entire quiz revolved around the world we live in, the places we travel to, the cultures and traditions across the world, the amazing wonders of the world, to name a few. Having benefitted from strong student-educator-parent engagement last year, Switzerland Tourism continues being partner for the third year in a row joined by Spain Tourism for Travel Quest Season III. To deepen the focus on experiential learning, Thomas Cook India’s Tourism Partners have sponsored prize winning trips for students and teachers to Switzerland and Spain (Grand Finale and Semi-Finals, respectively).

 

Following an intense outreach programme via online tests at a school level, Thomas Cook covered over 70 educational institutions across Chandigarh and Mohali. At the Thomas Cook Travel Quest quiz venue over 600 students from over 40 schools participated in the qualifier round where six teams were selected to compete for the Chandigarh City Finale. The proud winners of the City Finale (Insert winner and school’s name) will now participate in the Semi- Finals in Ooty. The venue Shivalik Public School, Mohali was packed with an excited audience of over 700 students, teachers and parents.

 

 Mr. Abraham Alapatt, President & Group Head – Marketing, Service Quality, Financial Services & Innovation, Thomas Cook (India) Limited said, “At Thomas Cook (India), we believe that Travel is the best teacher that provides rich and valuable learning experiences. With education in India evolving rapidly, the focus on experiential learning makes platforms like our Thomas Cook Travel Quest meaningful and enriching for young students.”

 

Our Travel Quest quiz platform has resulted in significant interest from the education sector and this has resulted in us setting up a dedicated business for study tours under the brand Travel Quest. The unique tour itineraries are curated to inspire students with elements of learning and fun. We have seeing strong interest and have already undertaken Travel Quest tours for schools from Chandigarh and Mohalli to Switzerland, Singapore and Karnataka in India”

 

 

About Thomas Cook (India) Limited:Thomas Cook (India) Ltd (TCIL) is the leading integrated travel and travel related financial services company in the country offering a broad spectrum of services that include Foreign Exchange, Corporate Travel, MICE, Leisure Travel, Insurance, Visa & Passport services and E-Business. The company set up its first office in India in 1881.

 

TCIL’s footprint (exclusive of its subsidiaries) currently extends to over 232 locations (including 23 airport counters) in 92 cities across India, Mauritius & Sri Lanka and is supported by a strong partner network of 116 Gold Circle Partners and 112 Preferred Sales Agents in over 130 cities across India.

 

ICRA upgraded the long term rating of Thomas Cook (India) Limited’s non-convertible debenture programme to ‘ICRA AA/Stable’. CRISIL has assigned a long term rating of ‘CRISIL AA-/ stable‘ to the non-convertible debenture programme and long term banking facilities, and a short term rating of CRISIL A1+ to TCIL’s banking facilities. Further, ICRA has assigned a rating of ‘ICRA AA-/Stable’ to the company’s preference share programme.

 

Thomas Cook (India) Ltd has been voted as Favourite Outbound Tour Operator at the Outlook Traveller Awards 2015, Best Tour Operator - Outbound at the CNBC AWAAZ Travel Awards 2015, 2014 & 2013 and Best Company providing Foreign Exchange at the CNBC AWAAZ Travel Awards 2015 & 2014; felicitated with Diamond Award for Exemplary Achievements in Visa Issuance at the French Ambassador's Travel Awards Ceremony 2015; Thomas Cook India’s Travel Quest was honoured with a Gold Award at PATA Gold Awards 2015; honored as India's Leading Tour Operator 2014, World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia 2014,  Favourite Tour Operator at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards 2015  - 2011 ,recognized as a Consumer Superbrand 2013-14 & 2012-2013 and National Tourism Awards 2013-2014. Thomas Cook India’s Centre of Learning has received IATA accreditation as “Top 10 South Asia IATA Authorized Training Centers”2015, 2013 & 2012. For more information, please visit www.thomascook.in

 

Thomas Cook (India) Limited is promoted by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fairbridge Capital (Mauritius) Limited and its controlled affiliates.  Fairbridge is responsible for the execution of acquisition and investment opportunities in the Indian subcontinent on behalf of the Fairfax family of companies.

 

About Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited:

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited is a financial services holding company based in Canada with a global presence in insurance and reinsurance, as well as joint ventures including ICICI Lombard (India).  The Company, founded in 1985 by the present Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Prem Watsa, has over the past 30 years, demonstrated a strong and consistent financial track record.  For the year ended December 31, 2014, Fairfax increased book value per share at a compounded annual growth rate of 21.1% since its inception with a corresponding compounded annual increase in share price 19.8% and had over US $36 billion of assets.

 

Fairfax is engaged in long term investments from its own resources, with a focus to delivering long term capital appreciation through a flexible and value oriented approach. Fairfax Financial Holdings through Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. owns  69.55% of the Quess Corp Limited (formerly IKYA Human Capital Solutions Limited), a provider of integrated business services and 100% of Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited (formerly Thomas Cook Insurance Services (India) Limited) engaged in time share and resort business.

 

About Quess Corp Limited (formerly IKYA Human Capital Solutions Limited)

Quess Corp Limited is one of India’s leading integrated business services providers operating in four broad segments: Global Technology Solutions, People and Services, Integrated Facility Management and Industrial Asset Management. Headquartered in Bengaluru, it has a pan-India presence with 43 offices across 24 cities, as well as operations in North America, the Middle East and South East Asia. As of November 30, 2015, it employed over 118,000 employees.For further details on Quess Corp Ltd. please visit: http://www.quesscorp.com

 

About Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited:

Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited, a pioneer in vacation ownership and a leading leisure hospitality company in India, was incorporated in 1986 with the vision of delivering great holiday experiences to Indian families. To achieve this vision, the company pioneered Vacation Ownership in India and set about building a network of leisure resorts at some of the best holiday destinations in India. Currently, Sterling Holidays has a total inventory of 1767 rooms spread across a network of 24 resorts in 21 scenic holiday destinations in India.

 

In pursuance of the Order of Hon’ble High Court, Bombay, dated 2nd July, 2015 sanctioning the Composite Scheme of Arrangement and Amalgamation between Sterling Holiday Resorts (India) Limited (SHRIL) and Thomas Cook Insurance Services (India) Limited (TCISIL) and Thomas Cook (India) Limited (TCIL) and their respective shareholders and creditors (Scheme), the time share and resort business division and undertaking of SHRIL was Demerged into TCISIL and the residual business of SHRIL was Amalgamated with TCIL.

 Post implementation of composite scheme, Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited (formerly Thomas Cook Insurance Services (India) Limited) continued the time share and resort business.

 The company also has 16 additional sites where it plans to add new resorts in the coming years. For more information visit: www.sterlingholidays.com

 About Kuoni India & Kuoni Hong Kong

Kuoni Travel (India) Pvt Ltd is a step-down subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings Group; held through two companies, its Indian listed subsidiary, Thomas Cook (India) Limited (TCIL) and TCIL's subsidiary Travel Corporation (India) Ltd. Kuoni India is a leading travel and tourism company active across various travel segments including Leisure Travel, Business Travel, Destination Management Services and Distribution Visa Marketing Services.