Collette Vacations has agreed to manage Thomas Cook Group's outbound escorted-tours business in the U.K.

Collette will begin operating Thomas Cook-branded tours in March for a minimum period of five years.

Collette has run its own outbound U.K. tour business for the past 15 years. In partnering with Thomas Cook Tours, Collette will rebrand some of its existing global product for Thomas Cook customers, as well as create product that is new to Collette.

Thomas Cook Tours is part of the U.K. travel conglomerate Thomas Cook Group, which reported sales of $15.4 billion in 2012, supported by some 27,000 full-time employees and operations in 19 countries.

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