Changing holiday habits

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The, Canary Isles look popular and even more us will probably holiday there this year

The, Canary Isles look popular and even more us will probably holiday there this year

France 24 looked at the tourism industry in Morocco earlier this week and the story threw up some interesting thoughts. Thomas Cook and TUI (owners of Thomson and First Choice) also commented on the bookings for the summer

The Moroccan tourism ministry said that tourism was down by about 1% which, given the instability in anything connected to North Africa/Middle East it found encouraging.

When reporters talked on the ground to bar owners, accommodation providers and sellers in Agadir – one of the biggest tourist destinations in the country – it found a different story. They suggested tourism was down by maybe as much as 30% and businesses were laying off staff. French holidaymakers who make up over a fifth of all tourists to the country were down in numbers despite the fact that the French foreign ministry still says that Morocco is one of the safest countries that you can travel to.

Who do you believe; government figures or evidence from those affected?

Turkish hoteliers are reporting a 40% slump in booking and that figure seems to correspond with the news from our two biggest tour operators this week. TUI says that holidaymakers are avoiding Turkey and they say summer bookings are down by 40%. Thomas Cook just says that it has removed 29% of its Turkey programme so it must also be seeing a considerable downturn as well.

Thomas cook says it was hit by terrorism issues in Sharm-el Sheikh, Paris and Istanbul. It is seeing bookers settling on western European destinations like Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria. TI sees its customers heading in greater numbers to Spain and the Canaries. Long haul bookings are up 16% with growth in demand for Mexico, Dominican Republic and Jamaica as well as Costa Rica.

Thomas Cook notes an increase in prices, TUI does not.

It seems that terrorism is having a big impact this year and we prefer “safe” destinations which seem to be as far away from the Middle East as possible.

Neither TUI nor Thomas Cook talked of the effect of the Zika virus. Is it too early to spot any trends or are holidaymakers unconcerned?

This year could one that will make long haul destination choices difficult especially as it looks as though holidaymakers are believing in safety first.


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