TUI’s most recent booking trends report shows good demand for Greece (+16%) as well as Spain (+16%) and Bulgaria (+25%), a continuing strong recovery for Egypt (+58%) and Tunisia (+125%), and the company expects double-digit growth for Thailand and the Maldives. The company also reported German bookings for Turkey holidays in summer 2018 are rebounding after two years of double-digit declines. TUI has a 70% surge in bookings and other tour operators also report strong demand.
Turkey fell to 3rd place behind Spain and Greece in the destination ranking for German package holidaymakers last year as bookings slumped for the second year in a row. After a record 5.6 million German visitors in 2015, the number of holidaymakers dropped by “nearly half” over the last two years, according to the DRV. TUI Germany announced also reported bookings for summer holidays in Turkey are up by 70% to date. In response, the market leader is expanding its programme for summer 2017 and will increase flight capacity from Germany to Antalya by 100,000 seats.
The tour operator’s Turkey bookings decreased by about half in 2016 and barely recovered last year, forcing the group to downscale its programme for the Eastern Mediterranean destination.
Thomas Cook subsidiary Öger Tours also reported growing demand for its main destination, especially from families. Top sellers include family hotels on the Turkish Riviera with very good customer evaluations.
“We are seeing very pleasing high bookings for the summer season at present, and thus have a clear double-digit rise in comparison to last year,” noted managing director Songül Göktas-Rosati.
In response, the Hamburg-based tour operator is raising its flight capacity by about 20% for this summer. This include new full charters from Berlin-Schönefeld, an additional Condor service from Nuremberg and with higher contingents on flights from airports such as Düsseldorf, Hanover, Cologne, Munich and Stuttgart.
Other tour operators are also recording good demand for Turkey, an fvw market survey found. Deniz Ugur, CEO of Bentour, pointed out: “There is a clear trend to much earlier bookings. Families are booking Turkey more strongly once again.” Similarly, FTI reported an upturn in Turkey bookings, not least due to its “excellent value for money” and “great hospitality”.
Stefan Baumert, TUI Germany’s tourism director, underlined: “Bookings for the summer 2018 season are already going very well. The return of Turkey and North Africa along with the continued good demand for destinations in the Western Mediterranean are ensuring further growth.”