Thomas Cook India bullish on Education Forex Segment

Redesigns and enhances “Study Buddy” Student Portfolio to offer significant benefits to Indian students looking to study overseas

Thomas Cook (India) Limited has earmarked the overseas education segment as a significant and growing opportunity. Having surpassed its pre-pandemic levels, the company has enhanced its Study Buddy student portfolio in a strategic initiative to target this viable segment. Foreign Exchange, a noteworthy driver of the company’s business, has continued to deliver 40 per cent growth Q-o-Q. The Forex Business serves over one million customers every year, 1,000+ corporate clients, one million plus live forex prepaid card users, over one lakh students studying overseas.

In a focussed endeavour to support its student customers during the pandemic, Thomas Cook’s Foreign Exchange business deployed its Digital First strategy to accelerate transition to its virtual platforms – ensuring safe and contactless processes. In addition to overseas remittances to provide urgent financial assistance to students and top up/reloads of their Forex prepaid cards within two hours, the company’s forex teams launched a valuable Ghar pe Forex service – with doorstep delivery within two hours.

As per a survey by strategy consultants RedSeer, approximately 7.70 lakh Indian students studied overseas in 2019 with a 160 per cent increase to two million expected by 2024. Further, with Indian students being unable to attend their academic year on campus for over two years, 2022 is witnessing a significant resurgence in demand. Thomas Cook India’s internal data reiterates this opportunity with a strong uptick in demand, and hence to capitalise on the student opportunity, the Company has enhanced its Study Buddy program.

The range of services include:

  • End-to-End Portfolio: Application Fees, University Fees, Living Expenses, Student Fee Remittances, Prepaid card, cash
  • Forex delivery in 2 hours #GharpeForex 
  • Reload of Forex Prepaid Cards within 2 hours 
  • University Remittances in 4 easy steps; within 24 hours
  • Contactless & Frictionless services via Thomas Cook India’s hybrid Clicks & Mortar model

In addition, Thomas Cook’s data indicates noteworthy growth emerging from India’s tier 2, 3, 4 cities like Nagpur, Salem, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Aurangabad, Jaipur, Varanasi, Calicut, Hubli, etc. Hence to offer its students a hassle free experience, Thomas Cook’s Study Buddy program ensures convenience, security and contactless services via India’s largest phygital network -  its online Forex Store and extensive 100+ branches over 65 cites pan India and supported by a strong forex call centre.  

4 Simple Steps to get Forex

1.    Log in (link) and choose desired currency and amount 

2.    Enter student details and delivery option

3.    Make payment online

4.    Get order confirmation

“Despite the challenging backdrop of the pandemic, our Foreign Exchange teams displayed commendable agility and innovation to deliver services like our Ghar pe Forex with delivery in 2 hours, a simple 4-click online booking process and quick and seamless remittances that served in bringing our store to the student’s home. Our Forex business has continued to deliver strong 40% Q-o-Q growth and the overseas education segment has been a key pivot in our revival strategy. Having already clocked growth of over 120% vs our pre-pandemic levels, we are truly bullish about the student segment. Our unique Study Buddy program has been enhanced to offer students a wide range services that ensures smooth, seamless and secure transactions for all education related requirements from the safety of their home,” said Deepesh Varma, Senior Vice President, Foreign Exchange, Thomas Cook (India) Limited.


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