Cook says Turkey capacity is returning

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Thomas Cook reveals capacity is almost back at 2015 levels
The rising costs of holidays in Spain in 2017 have in part led to a Turkey “resurgence” that began mid-summer, according to Katrina Latimer, trade partnership manager at Thomas Cook.
Speaking about demand in the UK, she said at the Hays Travel Independence Group annual conference in Marbella: “It actually became our number one selling destination in the lates period. And that’s what it’s going to look like moving forward into summer 2018.”
She added: “Pretty much every UK departure airport has Turkey capacity for 2018 – we have a huge Antalya programme. For Turkey we are nearly back at 2015 capacity levels.”
Regarding Tunisia, Latimer said Cook was keen to support the community and help rebuild tourism. We want to endorse what has clearly been labelled a safe destination, she said.
“We’ve had a very sensitive approach to this,” she explained, adding: “To date the success has come from previous Tunisia customers.”
The Tunisia programme is based mainly around Hammamet and the quality of product offered by Cook in the destination is “higher quality” than in previous programmes, she said. It includes three Sentido resorts and one Aquamania.


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