Holidays outside the eurozone

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The Thomas Cook Holiday Report 2019, a 33 page summary of the company’s thoughts largely about this summer’s holidays has been picked up by the media for a Brexit reason.

A panoramic view of the bay at Bodrum in Turkey.

According to Thomas Cook, bookings for EU countries are down by 10% and, writing in the forward to the report, the CEO writes that “it is non-EU countries like Turkey and Tunisia which are proving popular, along with all-inclusive deals as customers “lock-in” costs for food and drink for peace of mind.”

Summarising the report the company says;

  • Long-haul flights that are under seven nights are becoming increasingly popular.
  • Mexico, San Francisco and Las Vegas appear to be the most popular, long-haul sub-seven day destinations.
  • 47% of all the company’s bookings are to countries outside the EU, up from 38% in the Eurozone last year. (readers will not that the Eurozone is not the same as the EU so Thomas Cook may not be comparing like-with-like or this might just be a proofing error on their behalf.)
  • Bookings to Turkey are up 27% making it the second most popular destination for the company after Spain.
  • 90% of Britons polled said that the hotel restaurant influences where they stay.
  • Only 10% of 18-25 year’ olds say the local nightlife is an important part of the holiday.
  • A third of 18-25 year olds are nervous about travelling on their own.
  • 38% of older generations say getting a tan is a priority but only 10% of younger age groups say the same
  • Thomas Cook customers are visiting its website on average 15 times before booking, up from 11 visits in 2017.
  • The top five destinations for Thomas Cook customers this summer are Spain, Turkey, Greece, USA and Cyprus.
  • Tunisia is the seventh most popular destination although it only just over a year since the travel ban was lifted. The company expects to take 90,000 to Tunisia in 2019.

You can access the whole report by clicking here or going to

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