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Statement regarding Cosmos Tours Ltd and Monarch Travel Group

UK tour operator Cosmos Tours Ltd wishes to express its sadness over the news of Monarch Travel Group entering administration. Cosmos Tours Ltd has no links whatsoever with Monarch and is a completely unrelated and separate business entity. Cosmos Tours Ltd is privately-owned and is part of the international travel company, the Globus Family of Brands.  

Previously, the owner of Cosmos Tours Ltd sold Monarch to Greybull Capital on 1 November 2014. 

Cosmos in the UK dates back to 1961 when the business started as a coach operator offering both coach and air tours to Europe from its first base, a small office in south London.  The company’s origins go back even further to the 1920s when the current owner’s father started operating coach tours in Lugano, Switzerland.

Cosmos Tours Ltd’s holiday brands include Cosmos, Avalon Waterways and Archers Holidays. The senior management team is led by Giles Hawke, CEO.  The company has a staff of 71 people with offices based in Bromley, Kent. We are fully licensed with the CAA’s ATOL scheme (ATOL number 1082) and are members of ABTA (ABTA number V3031). 

Our thoughts are with Monarch staff and customers at this difficult time.


Notes to editors

Cosmos Tours Ltd is one of the UK’s leading travel companies with unrivalled experience and expertise offering a worldwide choice of escorted tours, beach and multi-centre holidays, rail journeys and ocean and river cruises.  The travel company is part of the international travel group the Globus Family of Brands which was founded in 1928 and remains family-owned with headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland.

For further press information or images contact: Claire Hazle, Director of Marketing and E-Commerce, Cosmos Tours Ltd Tel: (44) 20 8315 4520; Email: