Hanover, 18 December 2017

TUI Holiday Atlas 2017: Europeans’ favourite destinations for a post-Christmas break

Traditionally, many people use the time between Christmas and New Year to pack their suitcases in order to escape the Christmas hustle and bustle. The TUI Holiday Atlas 2017 shows Europeans’ favourite holiday destinations for a post-Christmas break. The Atlas also offers an overview of the most popular trending travel destinations.

The Cape Verde Islands are a popular trending destination
The Cape Verde Islands are one of the top trending travel destinations. An increasing number of customers from all Scandinavian countries but also Dutch travellers appreciate the mild climate and sunshine offered by the African island state. A popular destination among German and Austrian holidaymakers is Jamaica, which has even seen an increase in bookings of more than 50 per cent in Germany. French travellers increasingly spend their post-Christmas break in Finland’s snow.

The Canary Islands again top the list this year
With their diverse islands and spring-like weather all year round, the Canary Islands again top the list of the most popular destinations this year. Gran Canaria holds top ranks on the list of the most popular holiday destinations in Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. British, Irish and Belgian travellers prefer going to Tenerife. German tourists, by contrast, prefer to spend their festive season break in Fuerteventura’s sun. With Thailand ranking top, Austrians prefer to escape to a long-haul destination, while the most favourite winter break destination of Swiss travellers are the Maldives.

Differences between top ranks in European countries
The second and third rank on the list of top travel destinations vary most strongly between the regions: While a particularly large number of French holidaymakers will spend their Christmas break in Morocco, British, Irish and Belgian travellers prefer going to Mexico. On the list of top festive season destinations, the Dominican Republic ranks second in Switzerland and third in the UK, Belgium and France. Generally, the clear focus is on warm-weather Christmas destinations. However, Dutch travellers rank Austria second on the list of their top destinations behind the Canaries. Germany is an exception as it is the only destination occupying top ranks among Germans themselves, many of whom like to spend their holidays in their own country, at least in terms of the number of bookings made via tour operators.

Holidays aboard a ship
Cruises are also becoming increasingly popular and are in vogue for the Christmas and New Year break. Each of TUI Group’s three cruise lines – TUI Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Marella Cruises – offer their passengers festive packages. Holidaymakers travelling aboard ships of Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet, for instance, enjoy their festive break in Honduras, Chile or South Georgia. Itineraries for passengers travelling with the Mein Schiff feel-good fleet include the Canaries, South East Asia or the Persian Gulf. Passengers aboard Marella Cruises spend their Christmas break in the sunny Caribbean or in Colombia.

Info: Numerous offerings for all destinations are still available for those wishing to book a holiday for the festive period at short notice. As a general rule, however, holidaymakers should be aware that they should be more flexible in booking their Christmas holiday the later they book.

About TUI Group

TUI Group is the world’s leading integrated tourism group operating in more than 100 destinations worldwide. The company is headquartered in Germany. The TUI Group’s share is listed in the FTSE 250 index and in the German open market.

In financial year 2019, TUI Group recorded turnover of around €19bn and an operating result of €893m. The Group employs more than 70,000 people worldwide. TUI offers its 28 million customers, including 21 million customers in European national companies, integrated services from a single source. It covers the entire tourism value chain under one roof. This comprises more than 400 hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU, TUI Blue and Robinson as well as 18 cruise ships ranging from the MS Europa and MS Europa 2 luxury class vessels and expedition ships to the Mein Schiff fleet of TUI Cruises and the vessels of Marella Cruises in the UK. The Group also includes leading European tour operator brands, five airlines with 150 modern medium- and long-haul aircraft and 1,600 travel agencies. Apart from the expansion of its core business with hotels, cruises and destination activities, TUI is increasingly investing in digital platforms. The Group is transforming as a digital company.

Global responsibility for sustainable economic, ecological and social activity is a key feature of our corporate culture. TUI Care Foundation, initiated by TUI, promotes the positive effects of tourism, education and training as well as environmental and social standards with projects in 25 countries. It thus contributes to the development of the holiday destinations. TUI Care Foundation, operating around the world, initiates projects creating new opportunities for the next generation.