Some 2,000 Romanian tourists affected by bankruptcy of Thomas Cook: minister

About 2,000 Romanian tourists have been affected by the bankruptcy of British travel giant Thomas Cook, but no one has encountered difficulties, Romanian Tourism Minister Bogdan Trif told a press conference on Wednesday.

“They had tour packages taken from the agencies that also used the Thomas Cook services,” said the minister, adding that no one has encountered difficulties, as most of them did not even leave and will receive their money back from the agencies.

According to him, it was a case with some already departed tourists whom Romanian travel agencies paid for the remaining days unpaid by Thomas Cook.

“A call center was set up at the Foreign Ministry, but there were no notifications,” he said.

Thomas Cook announced Monday that it would be liquidating its assets and file for bankruptcy, leaving about 21,000 jobs worldwide at risk. About 135,300 passengers were still stranded abroad on Tuesday.