Destination trends

Slump in Canary Islands bookings

German bookings for the Canary Islands showed a surprising drop last month while Greece was in stronger demand, according to new figures from leading German holiday reservations provider Traveltainment.

Package holiday bookings to airports on the four main Canary Islands dropped more sharply than in April when demand was also weaker. Fuerteventura was down 19% last month after a 13% decline in April, Las Palmas showed a 9% fall following an 11% decline the previous month, Tenerife South dropped by 12% last month and Arrecife was down by 7%.

There was also slower growth for the main Egyptian destination airport of Hurghada, up by just 6% last month, as the fast recovery that started last autumn started to return to normal levels.

In contrast, Majorca (Palma) showed a healthy 13% rise in bookings, returning to double-digit growth after a slower 7% rise in April. Antalya, the largest airport in the destination rankings, maintained its strong double-digit growth of recent months with a 17% increase in package holiday bookings.

Greece was a winner in May, reversing several months of weaker demand. Package bookings to Heraklion (Crete) grew by 6%, the first positive growth rate since the start of the year. There was also a 15% surge in bookings for Kos, which entered the list of the top ten destination airports. However, Rhodes dropped out of this ranking.

Among other destinations, Tunisian holiday airport Enfidha again slumped with a 22% drop in bookings.

Traveltainment’s Bistro system is used by some 11,000 travel agencies in Germany to make package holiday bookings from 130 tour operators, while its Internet Booking Engine is used by more than 350 online travel agents and portals. In total, the Amadeus subsidiary processes more than 250,000 holiday bookings per month.