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TUI, Germany's largest tour operator, has had a successful summer and is looking forward to a strong winter demand: all of TUI's top destinations are currently significantly up in terms of trips from November, reported Stefan Baumert CEO at TUI Germany, during a press event at the TUI branch in Berlin.
The high demand for Egypt plays an extremely important role in the current winter growth: in terms of bookings with departures from November, Hurghada has moved ahead of Fuerteventura for the first time and has thus taken over the top spot in the TUI destination ranking.
Overall, the Canary Islands continue to be the most popular winter destination for TUI customers. Fuerteventura occupies second place, Gran Canaria - in third place, Tenerife - in fourth place and Lanzarote - in seventh place. Other top places include Antalya (five), Madeira (six), Mallorca (nine) and the Cape Verde Islands (ten).
TUI Fly: High capacity on flights to Egypt
With a view to winter, Steffen Boehnke, Head of Sun & Beach at TUI, has Egypt in particular in mind. The country is “currently more popular than ever, all regions and segments including Nile cruises are in positive territory.”
Hurghada and Marsa Alam are served by 25 flights per week from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Munich and Stuttgart. The offer to Hurghada will be doubled from Düsseldorf with six connections per week, and TUI Fly will depart from Hanover five times a week instead of the previous three. Additional flights will also be launched from Hanover to Marsa Alam.
With around 150 weekly flights, the Canary Islands are once again TUI Fly's biggest winter destination. Most flights go to Gran Canaria with 44 connections per week, followed by Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Lanzarote.
New additions to the hotel portfolio include the recently renovated Tajaraste self-catering bungalows in a prime location overlooking the dune landscape of Maspalomas on Gran Canaria and the Hotel Barcelo Playa Blanca on Lanzarote.
New to Tenerife are the Sholeo Los Gigantes and the Atlantic Hills, a modern adults-only hotel in a historic atmosphere. The Riu Gran Canaria and the Riu Paraiso on Lanzarote opened after renovation “just in time” for the start of the season, according to TUI manager Steffen Boehnke.
Antalya, now TUI's fifth-largest winter destination, is currently recording a 17% increase in bookings compared to the previous winter. The high quality of hotels with heated indoor pools and wellness offers, as well as golf and sports field offers, played an important role in this growth, says Boehnke.
In addition to the evergreen Madeira, according to Steffen Boehnke, the summer champion Mallorca can also show a “significant increase in bookings” for the coming winter. This has to do, among other things, with the large offering for golfers and cyclists, while Cape Verde scores particularly well with fans of the beach and sun.
According to Boehnke, the Atlantic archipelago is currently experiencing a 28% increase in guests. “Sal and Boa Vista have developed from an insider tip to a public favorite in recent years,” reports the TUI manager, pointing to five Riu hotels, a Robinson Club and a TUI Blue brand hotel in Cape Verde.
Based on the German market according to TUI DE