German holiday bookings up 41 percent y-o-y


The German unit of European tour operator TUI said demand for summer 2017 bookings was “significantly” above the level seen at this point last year and that Germans were once again booking their holidays earlier.

“Many Germans who didn’t go on holiday last year are booking especially early this year,” Sebastian Ebel, head of TUI Germany, said in a statement on Thursday.

Last year saw European tourists avoid attack-hit Turkey and Egypt in favor of destinations in the western Mediterranean such as Spain, forcing tour operators and airlines to shift capacity.

Greece has replaced Turkey as the second most popular destination for Germans, TUI Germany said, and summer bookings for the country are currently 41 percent above where they were a year ago.

Spain, Italy, the Canary Islands and Croatia are also experiencing growth in bookings of over 10 percent, TUI Germany said.