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Turkey is back in business as Antalya bookings double

German holidaymakers are flocking back to Turkey with soaring sales for Antalya, and are continuing to switch away from high-price Spain, according to package holiday booking figures for January.

February 15, 2018
German package holiday booking trends in January for the ten largest destination airports
Photo: Traveltainment

Bookings of package holidays with Antalya as the destination airport effectively doubled last month as German consumers regained trust in holidays in Turkey, the latest monthly figures from leading reservations provider Traveltainment showed.

The 99% surge in January, following high double-digit increases in December (+36%) and November (+49%), left Antalya in the top spot among the ten largest destination airports for German holidaymakers with a 24% share. The January booking figures confirmed recent surveys and comments from tour operators about Turkey’s strong comeback on the German market.

Egypt also performed well again last month with a very high 61% rise in bookings to Hurghada, following similar strong growth figures in December (+55%) and November (+72%). The Red Sea airport had 17% of bookings for the ten largest airports last month.

Greece continued to grow well last month on top of the previous year’s record season, the Traveltainment figures showed. There was a solid 9% increase in bookings to Heraklion airport reflecting good demand for Crete, a slight 2% rise for Rhodes and strong 25% increase for Kos.

Turkey, Egypt and Greece are clearly benefiting at present from a trend away from Spain, where German package holiday prices are noticeably higher this year. Demand for Majorca dropped again last month with a 15% slump in German package bookings to Palma. The Balearic Island airport had suffered an identical 15% fall in December as well.

German bookings for the Canary Islands fell even more strongly in January, continuing the downward trend of the last few months. The biggest destination, Fuerteventura, again fell by 8%, as in December. Las Palmas dropped by 19% in January following the previous month’s 18% decline. Tenerife (South) saw a 21% slump after a 14% fall in December, while Arrecife was down by 24% following a 21% drop in December.

The Traveltainment figures cover package holiday and last-minute bookings through its market-leading travel agency and OTA reservation systems.

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