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Thomas Cook buys Elegant Resorts

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Thomas Cook employs 30,000 people worldwide

Thomas Cook, one of the world's largest travel companies, has bought luxury holiday firm Elegant Resorts for an undisclosed sum.

Chester-based travel company Elegant Resorts offers tailor-made trips to the Caribbean and African safaris.

Earlier this year, Thomas Cook bought hotel bookings website in a 22m deal.

It already offers more expensive holidays through its Latitude and Thomas Cook Signature brands.

Thomas Cook's chief executive Manny Fontenla-Novoa said the deal allowed the company to "further enhance its position in this lucrative and growing segment of the leisure travel market."

Elegant was co-founded by Geoff Moss and Barbara Catchpole in 1988. Last year it organised trips for 20,000 holidaymakers.

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