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Egypt and Turkey fly as bookings roll for Red Sea and Eastern Med

This year’s top two destination winners, Egypt and Turkey, attracted strong package holiday bookings last month, as demand for Spain again weakened, according to sales figures for April.

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

Egypt was the hot destination last month, the latest monthly figures from leading reservations provider Traveltainment showed. Package holiday bookings for Hurghada more than doubled compared to the same month last year, and accounted for 15% of all bookings for the ten largest destination airports. Marsa Alam maintained its strong growth with a spectacular 126% rise in bookings compared to April 2017.

Turkey’s comeback as a top destination for German holidaymakers was confirmed by a 77% rise in package holiday bookings to Antalya, following an 86% surge in March. The Turkish Riviera gateway airport accounted for 30% of all bookings for top ten airports last month.

But the main Spanish holiday destinations again had a poor month on the German market in April. Bookings to Palma were down by 4%, although this was better than the double-digit falls seen in the first three months of this year. The Canary Islands continued to lose business. Fuerteventura (-8%), Las Palmas (-10%) and Tenerife (South) (-6%) all had lower bookings year-on-year, as in the two previous months.

In contrast, demand for Greece improved noticeably in April following a slowdown in March. Demand for Crete was slightly lower with a 2% fall in bookings to Heraklion, the island’s main airport, but this was better than the 8% drop in the previous month. Bookings for Rhodes increased by 12% after a 4% fall in March while Kos grew by 21% following an 11% fall the previous month.

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

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