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 number one tourism group operating in around 180 destinations worldwide. The company is domiciled in Germany. The TUI Group’s share is listed in the FTSE 100 index, the leading index of the London Stock Exchange, and in the German open market. In financial year 2018, TUI Group recorded turnover of €18.5bn and an operating result of €1.177bn. The Group employs 70,000 people in more than 100 countries. TUI offers its around 27 million customers, including 21 million in the national organisations in Europe, comprehensive services from a single source. It covers the entire tourism value chain under one roof. This comprises around 330 Group-owned hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU and Robinson as well as 17 cruise ships ranging from the MS Europa and MS Europa 2 luxury class vessels to the “Mein Schiff” fleet of TUI Cruises and the vessels of Marella Cruises in the UK. The Group also includes leading international tour operator brands, 1,600 travel agencies in Europe and five European leisure airlines with around 150 modern medium- and long-haul aircraft. Global responsibility for sustainable economic, ecological and social activity is a key feature of our corporate culture. TUI Care Foundation was founded in 2015 and supports the positive impacts of tourism, learning and education and strengthening of environmental and social standards. It contributes to the development of holiday destinations. Today, the TUI Care Foundation is active in more than 20 countries worldwide and initiates projects creating opportunities for the next generation.