Why did Thomas Cook fail after 178 years in business? The immediate answer is that it was unable to secure a £200m lifeline from its bankers, including government-owned RBS. But in truth the tour operator’s woes go back much further – a victim of a disastrous merger in 2007, ballooning debts and the internet revolution in holiday booking. Add in Brexit uncertainty, and it was perhaps only a matter of time before the giant of the industry collapsed. In May, the group reported a £1.5bn loss, with more than £1bn written off from the 2007 merger with MyTravel – better known for its brands Airtours and Going Places. That deal was supposed to create a European giant, promising £75m-a-year cost savings and a springboard to challenge emerging internet rivals. In reality Thomas Cook was merging with a company that had only made a profit once in the previous six years, and the deal saddled the group with huge debts. Thomas Cook’s collapse is not … [Read more...] about Why did Thomas Cook collapse after 178 years in business?
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The latest spot the difference sweeping the web has baffled even the most eagle-eyed of puzzlers. The graphic, created by High Speed Training, challenges the nation to spot the 10 hidden differences in a busy restaurant scene. But with everything from lights, bottles of wine, uniforms and staff members providing a distraction, this could be the hardest one yet! The designers have revealed the current record stands at a respectable eight minutes, but how will you fare when you give it a go? Scroll down for reveal The latest spot the difference sweeping the web has left puzzlers across the nation baffled (pictured) The graphic was created following new research from High Speed Training which highlights that Brits vote the UK as the number one country for friendly hospitality. Dr. Richard Anderson, Head of Learning & Development at High Speed Training, said: 'It's obvious why Brits should be so proud of the hospitality service that we provide, but with … [Read more...] about Bon appétit! Puzzle challenges you to spot the TEN differences in a busy restaurant scene – but can YOU beat the eight-minute record
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THE Sun's Hols from £9.50 are back and you can book breaks at over 250 different locations in the UK and Europe. It's a great money saver, especially if you're travelling with kids. But it's not the only way to save. The Sun is also running a competition for you to win £50 in Morrisons vouchers - so you can make the break go further. There are 50 of these up for grabs and all you need to do is fill out the form below.And if you're looking for other ways to save and to take the stress out of your holiday, check out some of our other travel tips below. Saving money while you're away You've already save by booking with The Sun's Hols from £9.50, but there are other ways to help too. By planning meals in advance for example, you can cut down on the cost of eating out. And if you do one-pot wonders, it can be great for saving on washing up - especially if you're camping or caravaning.Also keep an eye out for coupons as they could come in handy for things like theme park … [Read more...] about Travel hacks that are perfect if you’re going on The Sun’s Hols from £9.50
An employee at the British Consulate in Hong Kong who was detained in mainland China has been released. A spokeswoman at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed the release in a statement to the PA news agency. She said: 'We welcome the release of Simon Cheng and are delighted that he can be reunited with his family. 'We will continue to provide support to them. 'Simon and his family have requested privacy and we would be grateful if this is respected.' Simon Cheng Man-kit (pictured), who works at the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong, has been released after he was detained in mainland China for 15 days for 'hiring prostitutes', said Chinese police Mr Cheng has worked for the British Consulate since December 2017 as an international trade and investment officer for the Scottish government. This photo provided by Wilson Li shows Mr Cheng (second from left) and his friends The Canadian Consulate in Hong Kong banned all its staff from undertaking business trips to mainland … [Read more...] about Hong Kong British Consulate worker Simon Cheng is released after he was arrested and detained in China during a business trip on ‘made-up’ charges he ‘hired prostitutes’