Thomas Cook, John Cook, and the Rise of the Tourism Industry

"One of the dahabeahs of Thos. Cook & Son, (Egypt) Ltd." Inset - A portrait of Thomas Cook. R. M. Junghaendel, Brooklyn Museum Libraries/National Library of Wales

Thomas Cook and his son John Mason Cook were pioneers of the idea of a travel agency to manage tourist holidays. But Thomas Cook was initially motivated by his support of the temperance movement and his deeply held religious beliefs.

Holly's Research:

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Topics in this Podcast: 19th century, travel, biographies, British history, European history