The economic importance of cruises, re-branding at TUI and more charter flights to Italy are in the news this week.
The cruise industry contributes more than €40 billion to the European economy, with Germany representing not only the largest market but also one of three countries that profits most from the sector, according to a new study from CLIA Europe. More than 360,000 jobs depend on the sector, including 45,700 in Germany. The study also found that the number of European cruise passengers increased by 3.1% to nearly 6.6 million in 2015, which represented 30% of the total world market. With more than 1.8 million passengers, Germany had a 27.5% share of the European cruise market, according to the study. The next-largest markets are the UK, Italy, France and Spain.
TUI Germany will drop the OFT Reisen brand at the end of this summer two years after fully taking over the Egypt and Middle East specialist. The business, owned by TUI’s Berge & Meer subsidiary, will be integrated into Fox-Tours, its brand for travel agency offers. OFT Reisen was the largest German tour operator to Egypt for many years.
The Holidaycheck Group AG is the new name of Tomorrow Focus AG, the tourism subsidiary of German media group Burda. The group comprises the Holidaycheck portal, Dutch portals Zoover and Meteovista, and several small tourism businesses.
In response to strong demand for Italy packages Neckermann Reisen has added six new flights with Air Berlin on Saturdays to Rimini from airports in Germany and Switzerland.