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Summer 2018 programmes go on sale

Schauinsland-Reisen and ETI are open for summer 2018 bookings while Windrose Finest Travel will maintain its positioning under new owner FTI Group.

Schauinsland-Reisen is the latest German tour operator to open up the bulk of its summer 2018 programme for bookings by travel agents. Offers for popular destinations such as the Balearics, the Spanish mainland, Turkey, Bulgaria, the Dominican Republic and some Greek islands have been put into the main reservation and price comparison systems.

Other destinations such as Egypt and the Canary Islands will follow very shortly, and the entire summer 2018 programme will go on sale by the end of September, the tour operator said.

Similarly, Egypt specialist ETI is now taking bookings for the group’s own hotel chain Red Sea Hotels in Hurghada, Makadi Bay, Port Ghalib and Sharm El Sheikh for next summer, with packages including flights from various German airports.

ETI manager Ulrike Runge said: “Egypt is making a strong comeback this summer and for the next winter season.” She expects further good bookings for summer 2018 thanks to good value for money and the problems in Turkey.

German luxury tour operator Windrose Finest Travel will remain largely autonomous in future with just some back-office synergies, new owner FTI Group has assured.

The company’s new manging director Stephan Braun, previously with Munich-based FTI, confirmed that Windrose will remain in Berlin and there will be no changes to its positioning. Windrose’s offers “will start where Airtours stops”, Braun commented in a reference to TUI Germany’s premium brand.

Outgoing Ute Dallmeier, who will leave the company after an extended handover phase, said Windrose increased sales by a single-digit rate this year and currently has a double-digit revenue increase for 2018 based on more bookings and higher prices.

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