Egypt, Turkey and Greece were the main winners on the German package holiday market last month while bookings were mixed for Spain.
German bookings for holidays in Hurghada soared by 72% in November, the latest monthly figures from leading reservations provider Traveltainment showed. As a result, the top Red Sea coast destination overtook Palma as the largest destination airport in terms of total bookings. This was the latest high double-digit increase in bookings for Hurghada in recent months, reflecting higher demand for both the forthcoming winter and summer seasons.
More surprisingly, Antalya recorded a very high 49% rise in bookings last month, indicating strong early bookings for summer 2018 holidays. This growth figure follows many months of stagnation and declines, and could signal a start of a comeback for the Turkish Riviera next year.
Demand remained strong for Greece last month, as shown by high rises for Heraklion (+29%), Rhodes (+26%) and above all Kos (+65%). These too are likely to have been driven by early bookings for next summer.
Once again, there was mixed demand for Spain. Palma saw only low growth of 2% last month.
Bookings were uneven for the Canary Islands. Lower demand for Fuerteventura (-2%), Las Palmas (-1%) and Arrecife (-3%) was partly compensated by a 3% increase for Tenerife South.
A comparison of booking channels showed that the Canaries (Fuerteventura and Las Palmas) were booked slight more strongly in travel agencies than online, while Hurghada, Palma and Antalya had higher proportions of online sales.