Thomas Cook hit by Turkey trou­bles

Tourism

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Business Telegraph -

Sum­mer­hol­i­day­book­ings­for most­des­ti­na­tions with Pe­ter­bor­ough-based ThomasCook werein­linewith­ex­pec­ta­tions ex­cept for Turkey.

The travel giant says that over­all hol­i­day book­ings last sum­mer, ex­clud­ing Turkey, were up by eight per cent.

But i nclud­ing Turkey, book­ings were down by four per cent as a re­sult of ter­ror­ism and po­lit­i­cal up­heaval, the com­pany has re­vealed in a trad­ing up­date.

Sales have been driven by de­mand for high-vol­ume des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing the Balearic and Ca­nary Islands and the USA, along­side smaller des­ti­na­tions like Bul­garia and Cuba.

PeterFankhauser, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Thomas Cook, said: “Th­e­sum­mersea­son­haspro­gressed largely as ex­pected.

“Cus­tomers’ de­sire to go abroad on hol­i­day has re­mained­strong­with­the­ex­cep­tion of Turkey where­de­mand con­tin­ues to be volatile.

“Sales for the winter sea- son are in line with last year while sales so far for Sum­mer 2017 sug­gest cus­tomers are book­ing early to se­cure their first-choice des­ti­na­tion and ho­tel. We re­main fo­cused on en­sur­ing we have the right hol­i­days avail­able.”

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