Last year, Thomas Cook, one of the U.K’s largest tour operators, announced that they would no longer be selling tickets to SeaWorld. Chief executive, Peter Fankhauser, chalked the decision up to the consumer’s desire to spend their travel dollars at places that “take animal welfare seriously”.
The decision shocked SeaWorld and marine biologists alike, as SeaWorld is not only accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums but is also one of the largest animal rescue and rehabilitation organizations in the world. To many, Thomas Cook’s decision appeared to be nothing more than pandering to animal rights activists.
In an unexpected turn, Thomas Cook, one of the U.K.’s largest tour operators, unexpectedly announced that they would be halting all operations effective immediately on Monday, September 23. The announcement left thousands of vacationers stranded and confused.
All travel arrangements, including flights, had been canceled without a plan for those who were already in their vacation destination and needed a way home and those who were getting ready to leave for vacation.
Regardless of their rocky past, SeaWorld Orlando stepping in and offered free admission to their park to any affected travelers through 9/30/2019. The only requirement? Those wishing to take advantage of the deal must show their canceled Thomas Cook voucher/ticket or proof of booking along with a matching, current Photo ID.