Destination trends

German bookings for top destinations remain depressed in April

German holiday bookings for major destinations in the Mediterranean and North Africa improved fractionally last month compared to March but still remained well behind last year’s levels, according to the latest monthly figures from Amadeus.

Demand on the German market for summer package holidays still looks weak but was slightly better last month than in March, which saw a dramatic 17% drop in offline and online booked revenues for the ten most important holiday destination airports through the travel IT company’s reservation systems (click on the interactive chart to compare the different months).

German bookings for the biggest destination airport, Antalya, declined 16% last month after an 18% fall in March for the Turkish Riviera gateway, according to the company’s data. In Egypt, Hurghada performed better with a 12% decline after a severe 28% slump in March, while Marsa Alam showed a 17% fall on the heels of a 19% drop in March. However, these double-digit declines come after very high growth rates throughout most of 2018 for both Turkey and Egypt.

Greece also moved into negative territory last month, according to the Amadeus figures. There was a 6% fall in bookings to Heraklion, the main Crete gateway, after a 7% rise the previous month. Rhodes was down by 11% after a slight 1% fall in March, and Kos weakened by 14% after an 8% increase the previous month.

Spain remains a problem area as bookings continue to show high double-digit falls. Palma experienced an 11% drop for the second month in a row and has seen lower bookings every month since February 2018, according to the Amadeus figures.

The picture is even worse for the Canary Islands, which have seen many months of double-digit falls. Las Palmas was down 17% in April after a 25% fall in March, bookings for Fuerteventura were 25% lower after a decline of one third the previous month, and Tenerife South dropped by 15% compared to -21% in March.

Amadeus Leisure IT (formerly Traveltainment) claims to handle the bulk of offline (travel agency) and online bookings for tour operator holidays on the German market, making its booking figures a reliable indicator of demand trends.