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Hi, I'm Carl Azuz for CNN 10. Repatriation is a word you don't hear too often. It's when someone is returned or brought back to his or her home country after being abroad and the government of the United Kingdom has launched the largest peace time repatriation in British history. The reason, a British travel company suddenly went out of business Sunday night and at that time it had about 600,000 customers on vacation including 150,000 people from Britain who were stranded in other nations.

大家好,我是卡尔·阿祖兹,为您播报CNN 学生新闻。遣返这个词你不常听到。这是指某人在国外被遣返或带回自己的祖国,英国政府启动了英国历史上最大的和平时期遣返。原因是,一家英国旅游公司在周日晚上突然停业,当时它有大约60万客户在度假,其中包括15万滞留在其他国家的英国人。

The travel company is Thomas Cook. It was named for an English businessman credited with inventing modern tourism in the mid 1800s'. Until this weekend, the company that bore his name was one of the largest travel businesses on the planet.

这家旅游公司叫托马斯·库克。它是以19世纪中叶发明现代旅游业的英国商人命名的。直到这个周末,以他的名字命名的公司还是地球上最大的旅游公司之一。

It said it had tens of millions of customers but it was in financial trouble. An analyst said there were a list of reasons why. Thomas Cook had run out of cash. It was racking up a lot of debt.

该公司表示,它拥有数千万客户,但陷入了财务困境。一位分析人士说,原因有很多。托马斯·库克已经没有现金了。负债累累。

It had more online competitors who's costs were cheaper than a company with more than 500 retail stores. Some experts say it wasn't managed well. Some say it had been slow to change with the changing market and some believe that uncertainty over Brexit, the British exit from the European Union, had made some Britains less willing to spend as much on travel.

与拥有500多家零售店的公司相比,它拥有更多成本更低的在线竞争对手。一些专家说,管理不善。一些人说,随着市场的变化,它的变化一直很缓慢,还有一些人认为,英国退欧的不确定性让一些英国人不太愿意在旅游上花那么多钱。

Thomas Cook was trying to make a rescue deal with banks and its largest investor but when that deal fell through over the weekend, the 178 year old company was finished. It's CEO apologized to customers, employees and partners calling this a deeply sad day and the British government launched "Operation Matterhorn", the repatriation effort to bring home travelers who booked their vacations through Thomas Cook and became stuck when the company collapsed.

托马斯•库克(Thomas Cook)曾试图与银行及其最大投资者达成一项纾困协议,但当该协议在周末宣告失败时,这家有着178年历史的公司就倒闭了。该公司首席执行官向客户、员工和合作伙伴道歉,称这是非常悲伤的一天,英国政府发起了“马特洪恩行动”,旨在将通过托马斯•库克公司预订假期并在公司倒闭后陷入困境的旅行者遣返回国。

Hi, I'm Carl Azuz for CNN 10. Repatriation is a word you don't hear too often. It's when someone is returned or brought back to his or her home country after being abroad and the government of the United Kingdom has launched the largest peace time repatriation in British history. The reason, a British travel company suddenly went out of business Sunday night and at that time it had about 600,000 customers on vacation including 150,000 people from Britain who were stranded in other nations.

The travel company is Thomas Cook. It was named for an English businessman credited with inventing modern tourism in the mid 1800s'. Until this weekend, the company that bore his name was one of the largest travel businesses on the planet.

It said it had tens of millions of customers but it was in financial trouble. An analyst said there were a list of reasons why. Thomas Cook had run out of cash. It was racking up a lot of debt.

It had more online competitors who's costs were cheaper than a company with more than 500 retail stores. Some experts say it wasn't managed well. Some say it had been slow to change with the changing market and some believe that uncertainty over Brexit, the British exit from the European Union, had made some Britains less willing to spend as much on travel.

Thomas Cook was trying to make a rescue deal with banks and its largest investor but when that deal fell through over the weekend, the 178 year old company was finished. It's CEO apologized to customers, employees and partners calling this a deeply sad day and the British government launched "Operation Matterhorn", the repatriation effort to bring home travelers who booked their vacations through Thomas Cook and became stuck when the company collapsed.

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