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TUI Germany CEO: Mallorca Competes with Antalya

TUI Germany’s CEO announced that 2023 holiday bookings exceeded the pre-pandemic and Mallorca and Antalya are the most popular destinations for German travelers.

TUI Germany’s CEO Stefan Baumert revealed that the trend towards short and medium-haul routes has increased again in recent months. 

According to Baumert, approximately 15% of the guests originating from Germany choose Turkish beaches as their vacation destination. TUI has observed a significant surge in demand in Antalya and has consequently augmented its services. The German manager anticipates hosting over a million tourists from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland this year.

Stefan Baumert also provides advice for individuals who book their trips late. Despite this, there are still a number of vacancies in larger tourist spots such as Antalya and the Greek islands, both of which have recently expanded their amenities. If the bigger locations cannot accommodate your preferences, he suggests considering other related options such as Menorca and Ibiza instead of Mallorca, or Dalaman in place of Antalya. Owing to the elevated level of demand, TUI has extended the holiday season in Greece until the middle of November.

The United States continues to be the primary destination for long-distance travel, drawing the highest number of visitors. Thailand has made a comeback by capturing the second spot in the rankings with a significant increase of 150 percent. Indonesia, the Maldives, and Mexico trail behind. Premium travel brand Airtours has seen substantial growth in the long-distance segment, particularly in Japan, East Africa, Bali, and Latin America.

For those who prefer to go on holiday by car, northern Italy with Lake Garda and the Upper Adriatic is, as usual, the top priority. The Polish Baltic Sea coast scores with beautiful beaches and attractive prices and continues to post double-digit growth after a strong previous year. In Germany, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is at the top, in Austria the regions of Tyrol and Salzburger Land. This is where the focus is on expanding the TUI program in the country, particularly with the Alpinchic hotels and family hotels.

“Overall, we have the largest tour operator portfolio for car trips. We have 33 European countries with around 16,000 accommodations from hotels and holiday resorts to mobile homes and glamping in our program,” says Baumert.

You can also travel directly with the accommodation: “From now on we have the Netherlands and Poland on offer at TUI Camper.” Or by rail instead of by road – the sustainable journey by train is becoming more and more popular. “The TUI City Express is starting again as a night train from Osnabrück and Hanover to Prague. It can be perfectly combined with 240 city hotels and 190 local excursions.” Booking starts on June 21st.

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