Germany’s third-largest tour operator is adding flight and hotel capacity, broadening its luxury holidays portfolio and keeping prices mostly stable for next winter.
Overall, DER Touristik is expanding its winter programme by 20%, with 7,000 more hotels on offer from Dertour alone. These include three new Cooee hotels on Fuerteventura, in the Dominican Republic and on the German Baltic Sea island of Rügen, taking the group’s budget brand to 38 hotels.
In terms of flights, the tour operator is focusing on flexibility, enabling customers to book individual flight combinations covering periods such as 10 days. Moreover, coach holidays can now be booked as private tours, either with a chauffeur or own car, in response to rising demand for more individual holidays.
For Egypt, DER has contracted more capacity on Sun Express flights to Hurghada, while there are new Condor flights to the Dominican Republic and Kenya. The long-haul programme is being expanded with more hotels in Thailand and the Caribbean, along with new tours in Mexico, southern and eastern Africa.
Dertour Deluxe, the premium holidays brand, is expanding its cruises programme, offering holidays on all the Seabourn ships and new vessels from Silversea Cruises, Ponant und Sea Dream Yacht Club. There are also new city trips to Israel.
Bookings have started well for the winter, according to DER Touristik. Among short-haul and medium-haul destinations demand is strong for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Tunisia, Egypt, the Canaries and the Emirates, while the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and the Indian Ocean are popular as exotic destinations.
Prices for winter 2019/20 are “overwhelmingly stable”, according to the tour operator, including for Majorca, mainland Spain, Tunisia and the UAE. The Canaries will be as much as 10% cheaper, while there are slight rises for Egypt and Turkey, and moderate increases for the USA, Caribbean and Asia due to exchange rate fluctuations.