31.03.2017 10:46
Picture of Baumgartner, Afukatudis, Widmann.

Photo: Graz airport. from left Mag. Lorenz Baumgartner & Dipl.-Kfm. Ioannis Afukatudis (Thomas Cook Austria AG), Mag. Gerhard Widmann (Graz airport).

Travel trends for summer 2017

In a press conference, Thomas Cook and Graz airport presented various interesting topics such as the top destinations for summer 2017.

The main booking phase for summer is well underway. And the first trends for the summer season 2017 have already been revealed to Thomas Cook organizers.

Greece, Spain and Bulgaria
as flight destinations, and Italy and Croatia as the classic car destinations are the clear favourites this summer.

In the short and medium-haul travel sector, Greece has taken top place as the most popular summer destination, closely followed by the Balearic Islands, the car journey classics Italy, Croatia and Bulgaria. The demand for long-distance travel is also developing positively. With regard to the summer long-distance destinations, the USA currently head the list, followed by Dominican Republic, Cuba and Mexico.

Bulgaria has really boomed this summer, and has become an attractive destination above all for budget-orientated families. Neckermann Reisen offers 17 exclusive hotels, amongst these two new establishments managed under the Thomas Cook-owned hotel brand Sentido.

Summer flight schedule start at Graz Airport

At Graz airport, we have been preparing ourselves for the summer for weeks now - in particular as the summer flight schedule is to be put into action from the end of March. Included are flights to all points of the compass, with over 50 destinations. New scheduled flights go to Birmingham and Amsterdam; in the holiday flight chain sector, aircraft now fly to the Cycladic Island of Paros and to Marsa Alam on the Red Sea, and special flights have been scheduled to Reykjavik and Menorca.

Development of the 24h guarantee and the Flexoption as well as Cook&Book for even more individualism

Customer orientation continues to be the highest priority regarding Neckermann and Thomas Cook products. Therefore, two particularly popular products from the last season are to be further developed in the coming summer: the 24h satisfaction guarantee is to be rolled out at further hotels, and also the Flexoption, which permits travellers to change their flight plans at short notice without stating their reasons, is to be made more widely available. Thomas Cook has also catered for the trend towards the individualisation of holiday experiences with their new booking platform Cook&Book.

You can find further details and opinions in the Press Release.