Thomas Cook expands guidebooks

Thomas Cook’s new guidebook series ‘City Spots’ has received such a great welcome
from travellers that the publishers are introducing a further 28 new guidebooks this
month.The guides are designed with the weekend traveller in mind, and focus
on destinations that are popular for short breaks. The launch in spring 2006
featured many destinations not well covered by existing guidebooks. Each guide
succinctly details the main highlights of each city, with the essential historical
background and recommendations for shopping, eating and where to stay.  Of the
titles already published, the top ten (most popular) bestsellers are as follows:
          1.      Nice
          2.      Valencia
          3.      Cologne
          4.      Tallinn
          5.      Riga
          6.      Palma
          7.      Monte Carlo
          8.      Frankfurt
          9.      Bilbao
          10.      Oslo

The new guides in the series bring in some more mainstream destinations, in line
with demand. Now that customers have experienced the handy pocket guides, they are
looking to the series for advice on other weekend destinations. As a result the 28
new guides include New York, Dublin, Amsterdam, London and Edinburgh, alongside more
niche cities like Sofia, Ljubljana, and Dubrovnik.

Originally launched in February 2006, the range of City Spots is expanding rapidly.
The new range brings the total number of guides to 48.

John Sadler, Head of Travel Books at Thomas Cook said: “We have had a fantastic
reception to our City Spots guides. They are already some of our best-selling
titles. The low price and handy format is very popular - travellers tell us that for
weekend breaks and they don’t want a big, cumbersome guidebook to carry about, and
they’ll never read it all. By expanding our range so quickly we hope that we’ll be
able to provide guides for most destinations to ensure travellers can get the best
from their city break.”