This is the picture of holiday booking from the UK to Greece 2020

Extremely positive for Greece, the UK reservations for 2020 are currently moving, despite the uncertainty of Brexit processes and developments, as well as concerns about filling the vacuum of Thomas Cook.

Extremely positive for Greece, the UK reservations for 2020 are currently moving, despite the uncertainty of Brexit processes and developments, as well as concerns about filling the vacuum of Thomas Cook.

According to well-informed and cross-referenced sources, from London and Athens, all tour operators show high double-digit increases compared to the same period last year, while the critical period, which will indicate where the market will go, will is from the beginning of February, when the second season of early bookings will expire.

Jet2, which also took most of Thomas Cook’s slots, is showing the biggest increase at the moment, TUI is going well, but at low levels it is easyJet, and British Airways is doing well.

There are problems with airline OTA’s, as it seems that only easyJet gives them a decent number of seats, and some BA’s.

The destinations

In terms of destinations, the best performance in tour operator reservations, says Crete, in which Thomas Cook had a large program, the Ionians, Rhodes, and the Sporades, with Skiathos performing very well.
It is noted that the British market is extremely important for Greek Tourism, not only because of the sheer number of arrivals, as it is the second after Germany, but mainly because in recent years, it has significantly reduced the distance from Germany, while also noting a large increase in spending in Greece, when the German market is falling.

It is recalled that in the 11 months of 2019, travel from Germany decreased by 8.4% to 3.979 thousand travelers, while that of the United Kingdom increased by 19.4% to 3.474 thousand travelers. At the same time, revenues from Germany declined marginally by 0.1% to EUR 2,937 million, while revenues from the United Kingdom increased by 32.9% to EUR 2,541 million.

The tour operators

From tour operators, and despite the fact that the overall volume of Thomas Cook’s bookings has yet to be fully met, but at a high rate, Jet2 appears to be performing better with an increase of over 30% , with Rhodes leading and Heraklion with 29%. On the contrary, Kos does not seem to be pulling…

TUI shows an overall increase for Greece of around 11%, with Zakynthos and Skiathos in the top positions with increases of around 25%, followed by Crete and Corfu with around 20%.

The emerging easyJet, as a tour operator, is expected to bring in Greece by 2020, about 80,000 tourists, out of a plan of 600,000 that wants to move in total, a plan that is expected to surpass 1 million. the only company giving a significant portion of the 5 million airline seats it has planned at OTA’s, and it would perform better if it had failed to secure significant slots.

The most popular destinations for British Airways are Tenerife, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Corfu, Faro and Kos, along with Antalya in Turkey, a major destination for Thomas Cook, while the all-inclusive is the most popular choice of choice for the company’s clients.

Most OTA’s are slowing sales, with On The Beach showing a significant increase. In the other Mediterranean markets the difference seems to be made by Turkey and Spain. Turkey has been positive, as it has seen a large increase in reservations, and Spain has been negative, as it continues to show weak demand.

source – money-tourism.gr

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