Online travel agent, Expedia India, announced a tie-up with Thomas Cook Visa & Passport Services (a division of Thomas Cook India) to offer passport and visa assistance services to its customers. Thomas Cook will provide visa assistance services to Expedia India’s registered customers using its xml based web platform, and information through its Visa and Passport Service Knowledge Centre. Expedia has also waived Visa processing charges for customers booking International flights and packages through its site.
Users will be provided a unique Expedia ID which they can use to log on to TCVPS’ Knowledge Centre. The service will offer visa information, downloadadble visa application forms, detailed information about visa procedures of the country of travel, documentation, check lists, visa fees, holiday lists, consular addresses and information about processing time for visa. In addition to these, the site would also offer the added ability to create and retrieve visa applications online.
Expedia is an online travel company that operates localized websites in 27 countries. Its subsidiary AirAsiaExpedia is a joint venture between Expedia and low cost airline AirAsia headquartered in Singapore catering to India, Japan, Southeast Asia and East Asian markets. It also manages Expedia’s Indian branch, Expedia.co.in, offering services like hotel accommodation, flights and tourist attractions. It offers products like ‘Build Your Trip’ which enables the user to create personalized tour packages and avail discounts. The company claims to have an inventory of 150,000 hotels, 438 flights, and 7,000 holiday packages.
Thomas Cook on the other hand, is a travel and travel related financial services company offering services like foreign exchange, corporate travel, leisure travel, E-business, Insurance, visa and passport services, MICE. In June 2006, Thomas Cook (India) acquired LKP Forex Limited and Travel Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd. (TCI).