TUI Travel 40% share rise: book your winter getaway today

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

TUI travel, the world’s biggest tour operator, was valued at around £2.6 billion on Wednesday (26 September) following a dramatic share rise of 40% in the past three months.

travelThe group, which owns Thomson and First Choice, also stated that it had sold more summer holidays in 2012 than it did a year ago, having fewer holidays left to sell than at this stage last year.

And with encouraging early sales of winter getaways, TUI travel said it remains on track to meet its full-year expectations.

Thomas Cook turnaround

This comes with the news that rival operator Thomas Cook has seen an improvement in its finances, with demand for last-minute summer holidays proving particularly strong. Despite the fact the company have suffered a difficult 18 months, it too is now on track to meet its full-year expectations.

While many people are thinking about booking a winter getaway – or may have already done so – others are holding back in case a vacation should irreparably dent their finances.

However, there are a number of low-budget airlines which offer extremely good value for money (for example, Ryanair have recently been offering flights for £12) and by taking a prepaid card on your travels, you could potentially reduce the overall cost of your holiday even more, as they effectively prevent overspending.

Harry Potter & The Hobbit: Is distance putting fans off visiting distant film locations?

While recent articles have suggested that tourism in Florida and New Zealand might see a significant rise due to J.K. Rowling’s new novel and Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of ‘The Hobbit’, these far-flung destinations seem to play second fiddle to locations closer to home.

According to TUI travel, people are opting to spend their winter getaways in northern and central Europe. While central European destinations are relatively close to home, they still offer a culture distinct enough from that in the UK to help Brits get away from it all.

Prague is particularly stunning with its uniquely beautiful buildings, bridges and cobbled streets. Budapest is particularly stunning in the winter: the snow-covered architectural designs against the breathtaking backdrop of the river Danube is notably spectacular.

Central Europe has a lot to offer: from mountains to palaces, from medieval cities to cutting-edge modernity, it is little wonder that it is fast becoming a holiday hotspot.

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