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Tourico forecasts UK travel growth

LONDON, 29 July 2016: Tourico Holidays, a wholesale travel brokerage company predicts a 30% increase in UK hotel room night bookings during second half of the year. According to company booking data, Tourico has already sold nearly a quarter of a million room nights in the United Kingdom in 2016 led by a 12% year-over-year increase from the United States. The spike in Discount Holidays © holiday bookings to the UK have been linked to a decline in the UK pound, while July and August are summer peak months for UK-bound travellers.

Tourico Forecasts UK Travel GrowthSource markets like China and Germany, that only account for 4% and 6% of inbound UK travel bookings, respectively, have increased their average daily reservations by over 100% since the Brexit vote.

The UK has always been one of Tourico s top revenue earning destinations, but early booking trends since Brexit show the declining UK Pound is actually strengthening the inbound travel market to the UK, said Tourico Holidays vice president of the European region, Mark Redmond.

Not only will international travellers see it as an opportunity to finally book a trip to what was formerly considered a high-priced destination, we anticipate British travellers will also travel more within the UK to avoid exchanging a weak currency.

Secondary markets, like Manchester, have already grown 60% year-over-year in forward bookings since the Brexit vote. As a result of the forecasted growth, Tourico Holidays has increased its resources in the area to prepare for heightened demand. The company has hired a team of new sales employees dedicated to contracting travel suppliers and operators in primary, secondary, and tertiary markets within the United Kingdom.

Tourico currently maintains partnerships with major UK hotel suppliers, such as Park Plaza Hotels, Corus Hotel Hyde Park London, and Hilton Hotel Group including Double Tree hotels and the Conrad St James.

The global wholesaler also pre-purchases massive hotel room blocks each year throughout the UK guaranteeing monthly revenue and industry-leading price points.

We partner with over 1,000 UK-based hotels from London to Glasgow and we expect high-demand at all of them in the second half of 2016, Redmond said.

UK hotel demand to soar following Brexit

The number of hotel room nights sold in the second half of 2016 is forecast to jump 30 per cent year-on-year on the back of Brexit, according to travel brokerage firm, Tourico Holidays. According to company booking data, Tourico has already sold nearly a quarter of a million room nights in the UK in 2016 led by a 12 per cent year-on-year increase from the United States. It said while source markets like China and Germany only account for a small amount of inbound UK travel bookings, both markets have increased their average daily reservations to the UK by over 100 per cent since the vote to leave the EU.

The United Kingdom has always been one of Tourico s top revenue earning destinations, but early booking trends since Brexit show a falling Pound is actually strengthening the UK travel market, said Mark Redmond, VP of the European Region for Tourico Holidays.

Not only will international travellers see it as an opportunity to finally book a trip to what was formerly considered a high-priced destination, we anticipate British travellers will also travel more within the UK to avoid exchanging a weak currency.

The data also showed secondary markets, like Manchester, have already grown 60 per cent year-over-year in forward bookings since the Brexit vote.

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Turkey flights and holidays: what should I do if I am in Turkey or going there on holiday soon?

All emergency …

Holidaymakers are being urged to contact their airlines before leaving home after flights were cancelled to Turkey amid a military coup against President Erdogan1.

British Airways have cancelled all flights to the country after the Foreign Office warned tourists to stay indoors. Britons expecting to go on Discount Holidays © holiday today have been instructed to contact their tour provider and airline, after a “state of martial law” was introduced in Turkey. Thomas Cook is offering free amendments and cancellations for anyone due to travel this weekend, and Thompson said it would be refunds for those planning to travel today given the “exceptional circumstances”.

The Foreign Office urged tourists to err on the side of caution after hundreds of people were killed or left injured in an attempted military coup. A spokesman said: “Large scale military action is ongoing in Turkey, and a state of martial law is in effect.

“There are widespread reports of gunfire and explosions in Ankara and Istanbul, and the military has been deployed to the streets.

“Some flights to airports in Turkey are being diverted or cancelled, and the bridges across the Bosphorus in Istanbul have been closed.

“We strongly advise you to stay indoors, avoid public places, in particular demonstrations, and remain vigilant.”

More than 2.5 million Britons visit Turkey every year, with many going to popular coastal resorts. A number of airlines, including British Airways and Lufthansa diverted flights away from Istanbul following reports of the coup.

Staff at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport hope to resume international departures soon, European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol said early on Saturday. The Foreign Office updated its travel advice for Turkey as the news unfolded.

Foreign Office | Urgent assistance2

“We are aware of the current developments in Turkey. We are urgently seeking more information,” said a Foreign Office spokesman.

“Until the situation becomes clearer, we advise you to avoid public places and remain vigilant.”

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The airline easyJet, which had 24 flights scheduled to and from Turkey on Saturday, said the current advice was that it should be able to continue operating its services to Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and Izmir.

Given the military coup, we are liaising with the Turkish and British authorities. The safety and security of our passengers and crew is the airline s highest priority. However, a spokesman added that the flight schedule would be kept under continuous review and passengers should check for updated information on its website4.

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), which represents the travel industry, said it was liaising closely with the Foreign Office and its members. A spokesman added: Media reports suggest that a military coup is taking place in Turkey.

Until the exact details of the situation become clearer, ABTA recommends that members of the public read and follow the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice and any advice or instructions issued by their travel provider or airline. The Association of British Insurers said: “In light of the coup in Turkey, anyone booked to travel to the country should contact their tour operator, travel agent, or airline for advice.

If alternative arrangements are made, you should be able to transfer your travel insurance to the new destination.

You should regularly check Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice.

Anyone in Turkey should speak to their tour operator or airline for advice.

Emergency contact numbers

Foreign Office 020 7008 1500

Urgent help number for Ankara: +90 312 455 3344

EasyJet travel information5

References

  1. ^ military coup against President Erdogan (www.discountholidays.info)
  2. ^ Foreign Office | Urgent assistance (cf-particle-html.eip.discountholidays.info)
  3. ^ Foreign Office advice | Travel to Turkey, July 2016 (cf-particle-html.eip.discountholidays.info)
  4. ^ updated information on its website (www.easyjet.com)
  5. ^ EasyJet travel information (www.easyjet.com)

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