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Thomas Cook to Open Four Own-brand Hotels in Greece in 2019

Casa Cook Chania Beach Club on Crete.

Casa Cook Chania Beach Club on Crete.

UK tour operator Thomas Cook on Wednesday announced the opening of four hotels in Greece – on CreteKos and Rhodes – in summer 2019.

The new hotels in Greece are among the 20 own-brand hotelsCasa Cook, Cook’s Club, SENTIDO, SunConnect, Aldiana and Sunprime – the company has confirmed to open between now and end of 2019, also including six in Spain and three in Turkey.

The new openings include the company’s first Casa Cook in its biggest market, Spain; the first family Casa Cook in Chania, Crete; and seven confirmed Cook’s Club hotels, including two on Kos.

SunConnect Cyprotel Faliraki, Rhodes.

SunConnect Cyprotel Faliraki, Rhodes.

According to Thomas Cook, further new openings are set to be confirmed within the coming months, which will take the company’s portfolio to 200 hotels with around 40,000 rooms. This makes it one of the top 40 largest hotel groups in the world.

The expansion is part of Thomas Cook’s strategy to deliver sustainable profitable growth through a carefully-curated portfolio of own-brand hotels that have higher customer satisfaction, more repeat guests and deliver higher margins than the holiday company’s broader selection of hotels.

The hotels to open in Greece in summer 2019 are:

Crete: Casa Cook Chania – the first family-friendly Casa Cook is a 106-room hotel offering an an alternative approach to the traditional kids club with more of a focus on learning through play, art and local culture. Each of the seven room types – ranging from Superior Double Rooms to Family and Presidential Villas – are designed as private sanctuaries. Each room is fitted out with luxuries, both little and large, and tailored with sophistication and convenience.

Kos: Cook’s Club Tigaki Kos – a 63-room beachside hotel in Kos’ popular resort town of Tigaki. The hotel is centred on the pool and restaurant offering Greek classics alongside streetfood and vegan dishes. Guests can enjoy beach volleyball moments from the hotel or hire bikes to explore the local area.

Kos: Cook’s Club Lambi Kos – the brand new, 250-room hotel, will have three pools at its centre steps away from Lambi Beach. Poolside and beachside cabanas offer guests the perfect place to soak up the sun during the day or more active holidaymakers can choose from watersports including paddleboarding or scuba-diving.

Rhodes: SunConnect Cyprotel Faliraki – a 356-room family resort in Faliraki, with an aquapark on site as well as extensive gardens for everyone to find their perfect place to unwind. A rooftop bar is one of two bars and there are two restaurants at the resort as well as two swimming pools and a dedicated baby pool as well as waterpark with multiple slides.

The addition of four hotels in Greece, bring the number of the company’s total own-brand hotels in the country to over 50.

Thomas Cook is also expected to confirm another Cook’s Club property in Greece in the coming months.

Casa Cook Chania Beach Club on Crete.

Casa Cook Chania Beach Club on Crete.

“Expanding our own-brand hotel portfolio is central to the success of the whole business,” Enric Noguer, chief of Hotels & Resorts, said.

According to Noguer, Thomas Cook has ambitions to take on more management contracts for hotels around the Mediterranean.

“Operating and overseeing a group of well-managed and high-quality hotels that our customers recognise and turn to for the better service and reliability they experience is an important part of our strategy as a group,” he added.

In addition, Thomas Cook has also removed a further nine hotels that did not meet brand quality standards.

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  1. Sherod Williams Reply

    It is always slightly annoying when large companies try to expand their existing offer into areas where they feel they can make more money, without consideration of the consequences. This was true of banks who were once very good at banking but then got greedy and decided to sell insurance policies and the rest as they say is history. We started travelling to Greece over 20 years ago & TC were very good. Little by little this has changed. TC Airways have delays , poor times & seem to have rationalised which destinations they fly to. This will no doubt be rationalised further to destinations where they have hotels and to places where they can get good deals for trips & internal travel. Local agents & taxi drivers & coach companies beware as TC will make you deals you cannot refuse. TC will say that they are improving the local communities whereas in reality they will be killing them off.

  2. Gavin Barber Reply

    TC’s; I wouldn’t touch em with someone else’s barge pole. Lately we’ve been picking our places to stay & flights/transfers ourselves & we have been to some of the best places in Greece we have ever stayed. TC’s, like many of the tour operators, are too greedy & apart from a bit of employment, do little for the local area. All Inclusive kills off the small local places to stay & impacts on the local tavernas. Again, we always go self catering or B&B, then it’s our choice when, where & what to eat. We have had some stunning food in many local restaurants, cooked to Grandmothers old recipes. Gorgeous doesn’t even come close to some dishes we’ve had & will no doubt continue to experience on our next self picked, self catering Greece excursion!!! ❤️

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