Lonely Planet Writer

Bye bye, to the glossy holiday brochure - British travel giants are phasing them out

If you’re someone that just loves to leaf through a glossy, high-quality travel brochure full of photos and information, this news will sadden you. Two of Britain’s biggest travel agency companies, Thomson and First Choice, have said that they won’t be producing the sales magazines by 2020.

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Thomson Holidays

Both owned by Tui, the company say most people opt to look for travel deals online these days. However, many still like to take that tactile first step towards planning their trips the tactile way, with a brochure and pen.

The company is keeping their stores, but said they’re thinking about introducing in-store virtual reality headsets so consumers can feel like they’re in the location they’re thinking of visiting.

Thomson’s first brochure was in 1953 for its Sky Tours section, but the concept has been around for over eighty years. So in celebration of days gone by (and because the retro  covers are pretty gorgeous), here are some of Thomson’s finest over the years.

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Sky Tours