330 tourists with tickets from Thomas Cook are now stranded in Jamaica following the collapse of the UK tour company, Sunday night, September 22.
Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett says checks have revealed there are some 330 visitors in Jamaica on tours paid for through Thomas Cook, a large UK tour company with more than 170 years in the business. Jamaican hotels and resorts are expected to continue to offer services based on the initial bookings.
Mr Bartlett told RJR News in an interview that he is to meet with the UK High Commissioner in Kingston Monday afternoon, September 23.
The company collapsed Sunday night after the UK Government failed to help bail it out with 200 Million Pounds Sterling (or US$250 million) it said it needed to keep afloat.
The UK Government has since indicated it is going to use private jets to bring home some 160,000 British tourists stranded overseas by the failure of the company that has filed for bankruptcy. It’s being reported as the largest peace time repatriation of British citizens.