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Turkey ‘standout destination’ for Thomas Cook

12th February 2018

Turkey has become Thomas Cook’s joint second best-selling summer destination while demand for its Tunisia programme is “strong”.

Chief executive Peter Fankhauser said Turkey was the “standout destination” in all markets, with the UK picking up a lot earlier than in Germany.

Spain remains the number one selling destination while Turkey and Greece are tied second.

Official figures released last week also showed Turkish tourism revenue rebounded last year by 18.9% year-on-year after recovering from a series of terrorist attacks and a failed coup.

“We have made an encouraging start to trading for summer 2018, with our holiday and flight programme now 34% sold, 3% higher than this time last year,” Fankhauser said.

“Turkey, Egypt and Greece are seeing good growth across all source markets, while the very strong demand we have seen for Spain over the last two to three years appears to be normalising.”

Cook will restart flights to Tunisia next week to Enfidha from Manchester, Gatwick and Birmingham.

“We took our time to carefully consider going back..with 16 hotels and three flights a week,” Fankhauser said. “We see they are very well booked so there is customer demand and in summer we are ramping up to six flights a week.”


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