Image copyright Getty Images Thomas Cook’s proprietor Fosun has bold growth plans for the manufacturers it owns as soon as the worldwide financial system recovers.The Chinese travel agency, which additionally owns Club Med, expects the battered business to select up strongly as soon as a vaccine has been discovered.It relaunched Thomas Cook in China in July which it describes as successful with greater than 170,000 prospects.This week it relaunched the model within the UK as a web-based travel company however says that is solely “phase one”.Thomas Cook went bust final 12 months leaving 1000’s of its prospects stranded abroad. Since being utterly taken over by China’s Fosun Tourism Group it has been dramatically downsized.Fosun was already a serious shareholder in Thomas Cook earlier than it collapsed final September. One 12 months later and it has relaunched in each the UK and China. “In China, Thomas Cook has been relaunched as more than just an online travel agency. Instead, it is a lifestyle platform which offers a range of related products and services,” Fosun Tourism Group chief govt and chairman Jim Qian informed the BBC.This way of life platform consists of inns, tickets, leisure, training and retailers promoting presents and souvenirs. It even features a supply agency to assist holidaymakers transport cumbersome purchases again to their home.”We launched as an online travel agency first in the UK but we want to add more and more so it becomes a similar platform,” Mr Qian added.The timing of the UK relaunch has been questioned given the present Covid-19 travel-related downturn and strict restrictions nonetheless in place. “It was a soft launch to test the process and make sure things are working well ahead of a full recovery. We will gradually add more products on this platform.”Strong restorationFosun has already seen a powerful restoration in tourism inside China, for all its travel and leisure manufacturers, which additionally consists of high-end resort chain Club Med.Club Med resorts are regularly reopening globally and Fosun needs to develop the upmarket model. It has began constructing 10 new resorts to be prepared for the top of 2022 and has extra within the pipelineIn China it has additionally launched a brand new model known as Club Med Joyview geared toward quick city-break travellers.”The companies that can survive this travel downturn will be much stronger on the other side as they have shown they can be efficiently managed, ” Mr Qian added. Concept shopsHis plan is to launch a handful of bricks-and-mortar Thomas Cook shops beginning with Shanghai early subsequent 12 months. While they are going to be “multifunctional and more than just travel agencies”, they won’t be on a big scale.The first retailer will characteristic sights resembling snowboarding machines and ski instructors, cafes serving unique drinks and kids’s training courses. Image copyright Fosun Image caption Thomas Cook’s new shops in Shanghai will not simply be travel businesses. “We want to test a lot of things in China which in the future can be launched globally. These new-style concept stores show our commitment to having a solid offline presence, building on physical resorts like the Club Med chain.”Thomas Cook has been working in China for greater than 100 years. The UK model entered right into a three way partnership partnership with Fosun in 2016 after which turned absolutely Chinese-owned after it went bust final 12 months.