German travel agents increased sales in April thanks to the late Easter holiday, according to monthly figures from IT services firm Tats.
However, this strong growth is likely to have been generated by this year’s late Easter holiday, which was in April rather than in March like last year. This is borne out by the 4.4% drop in sales in March, including a 12% drop in leisure travel revenues.
Overall, German travel agents thus had flat revenues in the first four months of this year, according to the long-running sales analysis. Leisure travel sales are still down by 4% even cruise sales are up by an eye-catching 14%, while flight sales are only showing moderate growth.
Looking ahead, leisure travel demand for the rest of this year also picked up slightly, judging by advance bookings for trips with later departure dates. Advance bookings were 5.5% lower in April but this was better than in March, which showed an 11% fall. Overall bookings for the 2018/19 tourism year (with departures between November 2018 and October 2019) are down by 2.2% at present, the Tats survey showed.