Who established the first travel agency?
First TRAVEL AGENCY
The first TRAVEL AGENCY engaged in tourist trade was established by Thomas Cook of Leicester in 1841. By 1866 Thomas Cook was advertising regular all-in package holidays in Paris throughout the season at an inclusive charge of £ 3 13 s for seven days with 3rd Class travel, £ 4 1 s 2nd Class and 4 15 s 1st Class. Cook’s early package tours ranged in price to embrace most income levels of Victorian middle-class society, and on occasion were priced to suit the pockets of the better-paid workers. At one end of the scale was the four-day trip to Paris for the 1867 Exposition for 36 s inclusive; at the other a 12-week tour with 1st-Class hotels and travel to Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Turkey, Greece, the Ionian Islands, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France, offered at 103 guineas in 1868.