Hanover, 29 November 2019

Off to the sunshine and opting to repeat holidays

  • European holidaymakers’ favourite holiday destinations in Winter 2019/20
  • The Canary Islands is the most favourite holiday region for TUI-guests in the winter season 
  • Strong comeback of Egypt continues

The Canaries, Thailand and Egypt: this Winter, European holidaymakers prefer to repeat holidays, opting to return to a previous destination. This is a finding of the TUI Holiday Atlas Winter 2019/20, featuring European holidaymakers’ favourite destinations in the current winter season. Gran Canaria ranks first as the number one travel destination, with Tenerife and Lanzarote ranking among the top five, alongside Phuket in Thailand and Hurghada in Egypt. TUI customers thus prefer returning to the same destinations as in the previous 2018/19 winter season.

Around 27 million guests travel to more than 100 destinations with TUI each year. The TUI Holiday Atlas also provides an overview of country-specific preferences. Fuerteventura remains the top destination among German holidaymakers, followed by Hurghada in Egypt, Las Palmas, Tenerife, and Phuket in Thailand. By contrast, French holidaymakers have chosen Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic as their top destination this time. British, Irish and Belgian holidaymakers continue to prefer visiting Tenerife. And as in prior years, Gran Canaria remains the favourite travel destination among Finnish, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish holidaymakers, while Polish travellers are most likely to travel to Antalya in Turkey. However, the top five destinations of Polish holidaymakers now also include the Egyptian beach resorts Hurghada and Marsa Alam as well as Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Austrian and Swiss holidaymakers also like travelling to more remote destinations. Austrian holidaymakers’ top destination for a sun and beach holiday is the Maldives, while Swiss customers prefer Phuket. Dutch travellers are also keen to go on a long-haul trip – their absolute dream destination during the cold season is Curaçao, a Lesser Antilles island.

The latest TUI Holiday Atlas shows that the Canaries remain the number one travel destination among TUI customers this Winter. Egypt has confirmed the comeback it made in last year’s Winter season: nearly all Europeans clearly favour sunshine destinations, the only exception being Dutch, Austrian and German holidaymakers who are also likely to visit Austria as a Winter hideaway.

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.