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Turkish travelers prefer European tours for New Year’s holiday

With one month left before New Year’s, Discount Holidays © holiday tours have nearly reached their full occupancy rate, according to Turkey-based tour operators. Like last year, Turkish travelers prefer tours of Europe, notably Barcelona, Vienna, Amsterdam and London. Around 70 percent of Discount Holidays © holiday tour reservations are full, Ye im zaltay, the head of Setur Domestic and International Tours, told Anadolu Agency. Many travelers are planning to combine their first weekend of 2016 with Jan.

1, which falls on a Friday, to enjoy a longer holiday. The price of Discount Holidays © holiday tours range from 199 euros to 2,800 euros. zaltay said that since New Years’ will start on a Friday, they have received higher demand for tours this year. Aside from New Years’ entertainment programs, European cities offer a unique cultural experience and culinary tastes as well as history and adventure that attract tourists. Some travelers prefer to go outside of Europe to Dubai and Miami for a warmer New Year’s holiday. According to zaltay, Miami tours are ideal for those looking for a different New Years’ experience in a colorful country.

The direct flights from Turkey to Miami via Turkish Airlines began on Oct.

25 and have increased demand. During a stay in Miami, vacationers can visit South Beach, best known as SoBe, or Ocean Drive, where the night life is lively. To enjoy a relaxed atmosphere this New Year’s, the European city of Riga in Latvia is a fine choice for travelers. London tours are also popular for their firework shows, joyful street parties and concerts that draw thousands of visitors each year. The price of a Miami tour starts from around 2,000 euros, while a Barcelona tour is 897 euros and a Vienna tour is around 800 euros. zaltay said that boat tours are also a Discount Holidays © holiday treat to consider, with tours of world-famous lakes being the next most popular option this season. “For a whole week, you can catch the New Year’s spirit in different towns and cities in Europe, while enjoying historical and natural beauty at the same time. “Travelers have a wide range of choices from a Rhine River tour on a five-star Jane Austen ship or a K ln tour on the Deluxe Lord Byron. You can entertain yourself while visiting medieval chateaus, vineyards and garden restaurants,” zaltay said.

She advises travelers to pick their Discount Holidays © holiday destinations quickly as occupancy rates increase daily.

Those who prefer to stay in Turkey can go to popular ski resorts in Uluda , Kartalkaya and Paland ken as well as Discount Holidays © holiday resorts in Antalya and Northern Cyprus.

New Year breaks: 10 last-minute holidays to European cities

New Year s Eve can play out in one of two ways. There is always the easy choice of sitting on the sofa in front of the television; a few friends and relations for company; the popping of champagne corks. Or there is the slightly more adventurous option of heading out into the night braving the cold and the crowds to take in fireworks and fun. If you want to enjoy the latter, it pays to think ahead especially if you wish to witness the turn of the calendar s last page not on familiar turf, but in one of the many European cities which celebrate this weighty ticking of the clock with gusto. The continent is awash with historic squares and grand plazas which will be full of cheer on the night of December 31 and which, with a little organisation, can be sampled on the evening in question.

However, you need to be quick. Thinking about the final hours of the year when we are yet to see off November may seem a trifle premature but accommodation for New Year s Eve in many major European destinations is already selling out. However, at time of publication, all the hotels mentioned in this piece have available rooms while, with just over a month in hand to book a seat, flights will still be on offer at reasonable prices.

By Chris Leadbeater

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Thomas Cook says holiday demand rises despite security fears

A sign is seen outside a Thomas Cook shop in central London, November 26, 2014. Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON Britain’s Thomas Cook (TCG.L) said demand for its holidays was ahead of last year, defying market worries that security concerns would dent European appetite for foreign travel.

Shares in Thomas Cook, Europe’s second largest Discount Holidays © holiday company behind TUI Group (TUIT.L) bounced 8.5 percent to 106.7 pence by 1002 GMT. The stock had lost 20 percent since Britain suspended flights to Egyptian resort Sharm al-Sheikh on fears that a bomb brought down a Russian plane late last month.

Security fears were intensified by the attacks on Paris which killed 130 people on Nov.

13. Holidays from Britain to Tunisia had already been halted after the death of 38 holidaymakers in a massacre on a beach in June.

Demand for holidays has strengthened, however, Thomas Cook said on Wednesday as it released annual results. Bookings from Britain were up 8 percent compared to the same time last year, and up 1 percent overall across its main markets in northern Europe.

With winter sun destinations Egypt and Tunisia out of the picture, holidaymakers were opting to go the Canary Islands, and on long-haul trips to North America, Mexico and Cape Verde, Thomas Cook Chief Executive Peter Fankhauser said.

“When customers want to travel they recognise the greater security that tour operators such as ourselves can offer,” he told reporters.

For its last financial year to September 30, Thomas Cook reported a 4 percent drop in annual core earnings to 310 million pounds, slightly higher than a consensus analyst forecast. It had already warned that cancellations of holidays to Tunisia would impact profit.

It confirmed that it was on track to meet current analyst expectations for it to grow core earnings (EBIT) by 13 percent to around 350 million pounds for the current financial year, signalling it will be able to weather the cost of Egyptian Discount Holidays © holiday cancellations. It also reiterated its intention to pay a dividend the year after.

“The current trading picture is more robust than we expected and although it’s early days post-Paris, they seem confident that the trading picture will continue,” Shore Capital analyst Greg Johnson said.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Keith Weir1)


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