Hurghada defends top spot as Antalya makes big comeback
High double-digit growth for Egypt and Turkey but a heavy slump for Palma and the Canary Islands were the key sales trends on the German package holiday market in December, according to the latest booking figures.
The continued high demand for Red Sea beach holidays was reflected in a 55% surge in package holiday bookings to Hurghada, the latest monthly figures from leading reservations provider Traveltainment showed. This followed a 72% increase in November. As a result, the Red Sea gateway remained the largest destination airport in terms of booking volumes last month with a 21% share of all bookings for the ten largest destination airports.
There was a 36% rise in bookings to Antalya last month, which pushed the Turkish Riviera gateway into second place ahead of Palma with a 19% share. Coming after an even higher 49% increase in bookings in November, the latest figure clearly signalled a comeback for summer holidays in Turkey.
In contrast, Spanish destinations had a poor month for German package holiday bookings in December. Palma suffered a 15% drop in bookings compared to December 2016, leaving it with an 18% share of all bookings for the ten largest destination airports.
The Canary Islands had an even worse month. Bookings for Fuerteventura fell by 8%, for Las Palmas by 18%, for Tenerife (South) by 14% and Arrecife by 21%. This is likely to reflect more Germans opting for holidays in Egypt instead, according to experts.
Demand for Greece remained solid in December, the Traveltainment figures showed. Holidays on Crete sold well, resulting in a 9% rise in packages through Heraklion airport, while Rhodes grew by 7% and Kos was up by 26%.
Original Post : FVW