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About Us

Thompsons Holidays

Thompsons Holidays is the leading South African travel wholesaler catering primarily to leisure travellers based in Southern Africa. Thompsons Holidays has over 38 years of expertise in providing the finest, carefully selected collection of products to the most sought after destinations. With our local knowledge of destinations, consumers are assured of receiving unrivalled deals, unbeatable added values and the finest quality at each destination. This is paired with appealing bonus benefits which range from price guarantees to convenience enhancing travel packs and a vast, enticing array of  top-up options unique to every destination. Additionally, products requiring in-depth knowledge and experience such as cruising, sports travel, escorted tours and self-drive tours are handled by specialists within the company.

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Thompsons Holidays Groups and Incentives
With 38 years of experience and knowledgeable Group Travel Advisor Specialists,  this division specialises in organising tailor-made packages for groups, meetings, large events, incentive travel, conferences, special events, weddings and meetings– all with a personalised touch, ensuring the client’s needs are enhanced and fulfilled.  

Island Light Holidays

Cullinan is the appointed general sales agency for LUX* Resorts and Hotels, represented in South Africa by Island Light Holidays. LUX* Resorts and Hotels offer a  collection of premium hotels in China and the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius, Reunion and Maldives. In 2016 LUX* Al Zorah opens on the stunning coastline of Ajman, secluded from the urban sprawl of Dubai.  

Thompsons Travel

Is a retail travel agency with offices in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. The corporate division provides the full spectrum of travel services for the business community.

Our mission is

To offer the finest travel products based on our expertise, passion, efficiency, and knowledge and service excellence. We excel in understanding all our customers wants and needs, and strive to offer exceptional service, professional assistance and the finest committed staff

In addition to this recognised association with superior quality and value for money, Thompsons is also synonymous with the highest levels of service. This is achieved through its experienced team and ongoing training.

Thompsons Holidays and Thompsons Travel are part of Cullinan Holdings LTD which is listed on the Johannesburg Securities exchange and is the foremost Travel and Leisure Company in Southern Africa. Established in 1901, Cullinan entered into the Travel Industry in 1998 with the acquisition of the Thompsons Group of Companies, including Thompsons Holidays (Previously Thompsons Tours), Thompsons Africa, Thompsons Travel and Thompsons Touring & Safaris. Found out more about Cullinan Holdings at http://www.cullinan.co.za/


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Working with us
Interested in a career with Thompsons Holidays? If you have a recognised tertiary qualification, industry experience or very passionate about travel, please visit our careers page to view our latest job offers
Booking a Thompsons Holiday
You can book a Thompsons Holiday through your nearest reputable and ASATA Travel Agency or through Thompsons Leisure Travel at 0861 846 677

Thompsons Holidays is ASATA & IATA accredited


Industry Recognition & accolades

Thompsons Holidays are the recipients of countless awards in recognition of service excellence from suppliers, Government Tourist Offices and the travel trade, including “Best Africa Tour operator” - Awarded by Diners Club and the Association of South African Travel Agents for 5 consecutive years.
Other Prestigious Awards
• Amadeus Platinum Performance Award Tour Operator 2016
• Amadeus  – individual award fo Lisa Bennett: Amadeus Gold Partnership Award 2016
• Air Mauritius – Marketing Gold Award 2015/16
• Air Mauritius – Annual Committed Seats Top Performer Award 2015
• Air Mauritius – Top Performer Award - 4th Position 2015
• Amadeus - Platinum Tour Operator award for Technology & Innovation 2014
• Constance le Prince Maurice -Top Supporter 2014
• Proudly African Sun - Top 10 Producer 2014
• Cresta Sprayview - Top Perfomer 2014 
• GTA- Top Supporter 2013/2014
• African Sun - Top Supplier 2013 
• Amadeus - Best Performing Tour Operator 2012
• Amadeus – Best Growth 2012
• Air Mauritius – Top Achiever 2012 (3rd place)
• Air Mauritius – CEO Award to Joanne Adolphe 2012
• Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority – Promoting Mauritius 2012
• Coquille Bonheur – Overall Best Growth 2012
• Arabian Adventures – Long Standing Partnership 2012
• Air New Zealand – Top Supporter 2012
• Delta Airlines – Top 5 Supporter 2011
• Air New Zealand – Sales Performance - 2011
• Disneyland Paris – Best Partner 2011
• African Sun – Lifetime Operator Award 2011
• Zimbabwe Tourism Authority – Support in Growing Tourism 2011
• Malaysia Tourism – Innovative Foreign Tour Operator 2011
• Diners – Best International Tour Operator

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