Leading German tour operators، including Thomas Cook، DER Touristik and Alltours، have opened up large parts of their summer 2019 programmes for bookings، according to “FVW”.
Thomas Cook was the first to go to market last week، with packages and hotel-only offers، including diverse early booking discounts، for major destinations from its tour operator brands Thomas Cook Signature، Thomas Cook Signature Finest Selection، Neckermann Reisen and Öger Tours، To date، 25 short- and medium-haul destinations can now be booked، including Majorca، Crete، Kos، Rhodes، Tenerife، Cyprus، Bulgaria، Tunisia، Egypt and the Turkish Riviera. More than 6،500 hotels and apartments are also available in European overland destinations، including Germany، Austria، Poland and northern Italy as well as cities and leisure parks.
In addition، more than 50 destinations that account for the bulk of the long-haul programme are on sale، including the Caribbean (Cuba، Mexico، Dominican Republic)، south-east Asia (Thailand، Indonesia)، Indian Ocean (Maldives، Mauritius، Seychelles)، Dubai، South Africa and Namibia. Alltours was quick to follow and made more than 1،500 hotels available for booking. Most of these are in Greece، Spain، Turkey، Cuba and Thailand. The tour operator expects to have its entire summer 2019 programme on sale by the end of August، including its own 34 Allsun hotels.
“Many regular customers take advantage of early bookings to profit from attractive flight prices and the high early booking hotel discounts،” explained managing director Markus Daldrup.
DER Touristik was the latest tour operator to join in yesterday. Its main package holiday brands ITS and Jahn Reisen opened up 1،000 products for booking، including key destinations such as Egypt، Bulgaria، Germany، Greece، Canaries، Majorca، Austria، Tunisia، Turkey and Cyprus.
Germany’s third-largest tourism group said that this completes its summer 2019 programme since Dertour، Meiers Weltreisen and ADAC Reisen holidays for next summer have already been on the market since the spring. These include all products for Africa، Asia، the Indian Ocean and the Orient.