Cus­tomer surge for hol­i­day op­er­a­tor

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - BUSINESS - By Paul Grin­nell paul.grin­nell@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTPaulGrin­nell

Travel op­er­a­tor Thomas Cook has seen a surge in the num­ber of peo­ple it takes on hol­i­day.

Thomas Cook, based in Lynch Wood, Peter­bor­ough, says the num­ber of peo­ple book­ing their sum­mer hol­i­days with the com­pany this year has risen by 1.5 mil­lion com­pared with three years ago.

About six mil­lion cus­tomers hol­i­day with Thomas Cook each year.

The in­crease in book­ings was an­nounced as the com­pany re­vealed its third quar­ter re­sults for the three months to the end of June.

Pe­ter Fankhauser, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Thomas Cook, said: “So far, we are tak­ing one and a half mil­lion more cus­tomers on hol­i­day this sum­mer than we did three years ago, show­ing the growth in de­mand for our mod­ern pack­age and flight offer.

“We con­tinue to in­no­vate to broaden our ap­peal.

“An 11-per-cent in­crease in book­ings for this sum­mer re­flects good de­mand across all des­ti­na­tions.

“The pick-up in de­mand for Tur­key we re­ported ear- lier in the year has con­tin­ued, as cus­tomers are at­tracted to the qual­ity and value on offer.

“As we go into the peak sum­mer sea­son, our hol­i­day of­fer­ing is in great shape.”

Over the pe­riod, group rev­enue was up 14 per cent to £2.3 bil­lion with gross profit up £47 mil­lion to £468 mil­lion.

Over­all group book­ings for this sum­mer are up 11 per cent. There has been sig­nif­i­cant growth in book­ings to Greece (up 22 per cent), Bul­garia (up 19 per cent), Cyprus (up 14 per cent) and long-haul des­ti­na­tions. Thomas Cook says Tur­key is re­cov­er­ing well, as cus­tomers seek high-qual­ity and value des­ti­na­tions.

Thomas Cook sees growth in the num­ber of its sum­mer cus­tomers.

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