Breaking news

Good start for Western Mediterranean bookings

15/01/2016 Markets , Top Stories
Good start for Western Mediterranean bookings

GfK reported a 22% increase in season-to-date short-haul bookings and a 9% rise in 

Industry analyst GfK confirmed a solid start to January, with summer 2016 bookings in the first full week of the year up 
4% on a year ago.

The average selling price was almost 2% up, despite growth in short-haul bookings at the expense of mid-haul. By January 9, 
season-to-date bookings for the summer were up 7% year on year, with the average selling price flat.

GfK reported a 22% increase in season-to-date short-haul bookings and a 9% rise in 
long-haul, but a 3% decline in 
mid-haul, with bookings to Egypt down 41% year on year and no flights to Tunisia.

Spain bookings up by 29%

David Hope, GfK business group director, said: “Since Boxing Day, we’ve seen a 3% increase in package bookings versus last year, with summer 2016 taking the majority.”

Spain is again the big winner, with season-to-date bookings up 29% year on year. Portugal has enjoyed a 32% increase and Italy 15%, but bookings to Greece are flat and Turkey down 29%.

Sunvil and Abta chairman Noel Josephides said bookings to Greece were “much the same as last year, when we had a good start, so we’re happy”. He added: “We trimmed capacity and our margin has improved. The $1,000 question is whether we have a ‘normal’ year.”

Strong sales for 2016

Advantage Travel Partnership commercial head John Sullivan reported revenue through the Advantage Travel Gateway booking system in the past week up 38% on the comparable week last year, with bookings “mainly to the western Mediterranean”.

He said: “We’re seeing strong sales for the current winter and winter 2016-17. We’ve had anecdotal feedback of customers coming with ideas of where they want to go and wanting help to choose a destination.”

Tui and Thomas Cook declined to comment on the market ahead of planned trading updates, but a Cook spokeswoman said: “Spain, in particular Tenerife, and Greece are our most-searched destinations for summer since the key booking period began.”


READ MORE HERE: GreeceGreek tourism newsTourism in GreeceGreek islandsHotels in GreeceTravel to GreeceGreek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism reports, Patmos vacations, Patmos island, Patmos news, Patmos Hotels, Patmos Villas, Patmos stay, Patmos luxury, Patmos transportation, Patmos fly to, Patmos ferries

Related articles


No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply