Hanover, 6 December 2018

TUI Holiday Atlas: Europeans want to spent winter in the sun

The Canary Islands are number one

  • Spain remains number one tourist destination this winter season
  • Egypt is celebrating a significant comeback in the 2018/19 winter season
  • Cape Verde islands in the top five of trend destinations this year’s winter season

Many Europeans fly to the sun over Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The Canary Islands are especially popular for the winter holidays, with mild to warm temperatures almost guaranteed. This was revealed by the 2018 winter season TUI Holiday Atlas, which reviews the most popular holiday destinations for Europeans. Gran Canaria occupies the top spot. Tenerife and Lanzarote are also in the top five, which is completed by Phuket in Thailand and Hurghada in Egypt.

Every year, 20 million tourists travel with TUI to more than 100 destinations throughout Europe. The TUI Holiday Atlas provides an overview of country-specific preferences. Just like last year, Finns, Danes, Norwegians and Swedes have chosen Gran Canaria as their number one destination. Brits, the Irish and Belgians prefer to travel to Tenerife. Germans are also fans of the Canary sunshine, preferably on Fuerteventura, while the French tend to head for Lanzarote. Austrians and the Swiss venture further afield. For holidaymakers from these Alpine counties Malé in the Maldives is the top sunbathing destination. The Dutch are equally enthusiastic about long-distance travel - their absolute dream destination during the European winter is the Antilles island of Curacao. Tourists from Poland on the other hand love to visit Antalya in Turkey.

The TUI Holiday Atlas shows clear trends for this winter season: Spain remains the undisputed number one tourist destination, while Egypt is celebrating a significant comeback in the 2018/19 winter season. The country on the Nile takes second place overall before Thailand. Everywhere people seem to prefer holidays in the heat. Only the Dutch and Germans seem to enjoy travelling to wintery Austria. German tourists are also the only group of holidaymakers happy to spend their holidays in their own country. In third place just behind Spain and Egypt, Germans prefer travelling within their own borders. In terms of trend destinations, the Cape Verde islands are still on the rise. The archipelago in the Atlantic takes fourth place in the list of most popular holiday destinations. 

An increasing number of travelers, especially from Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, appreciate the mild climate and sun of the African island state. Mexico is the fifth most popular holiday destination this winter, mainly due to very high demand from the UK and Nordic countries.

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.