As Thomas Cook goes bankrupt, thousands are left stranded across the world

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The world's oldest travel firm Thomas Cook collapsed on Monday, stranding hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers around the globe and sparking the largest peacetime repatriation effort in British history. The liquidation marks the end of one of Britain's oldest companies that started life in 1841 running local rail excursions before it survived two world wars to pioneer package holidays and mass tourism.

The firm ran hotels, resorts and airlines for 19 million people a year in 16 countries. It currently has 600,000 people.

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