Traditionally, most Germans book their holidays during January and February. As a result, booking trends point the way for the ongoing travel year. “The events from 2016 have not affected Germans’ desire to travel at all,” said René Herzog, the CEO of DER Touristik Central Europe. Last year, travel trends shifted towards the western Mediterranean. They are continuing to move in this direction for the summer of 2017.
Above all, the regions in the western Mediterranean remain popular. With one major exception: Greece, the boom destination. DER Touristik’s bookings for Greece are already more than double what they were last year. Two other countries attracting people who want to enjoy a seaside holiday are Cyprus and Bulgaria. The Balearics, the Canary Islands and Portugal also remain quite popular. The classic holiday destination of Italy has even climbed into the Top 5 of the most popular holiday destinations for the summer of 2017. Egypt is experiencing a comeback at the moment. “In 2017, more people want to spend their holidays in Egypt,” Herzog said. “The booking totals are consistently above the previous year’s level.”
Clear trends are also taking shape for long-haul travel: The winners in this category include Thailand, Sri Lanka, the Dominican Republic and South Africa as a popular circular tour site. North America remains a dream travel destination for German holidaymakers. “We are not seeing any drops for the United States since the election of Donald Trump,” René Herzog said. “The opposite is actually the case. Bookings at DER Touristik are high, and we expect strong demand for the summer in North America.”
It is a very special feeling that we have been sharing with each other for 100 years now. It is a mixture of wanderlust and exuberance. And if it all comes together, something very special happens to us: We fall in love. With people. With moments. With foreign countries and unknown places. It is our love of holidays – that has been turning a humdrum trip into a DER holiday for 100 years.
As travel experts in Europe and in destinations around the world, we fulfil unique and individual travel dreams – for falling in love over and over again. For this reason, we are spending the entire year celebrating something that we all share, under the motto of “100 Years of Urlaubsliebe”.
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The best tourism trainee in Germany comes from DER Touristik: In December, the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce selected Isabel Wensing, a travel expert in the DER travel agency in Dorsten, as one of the top 219 trainees in the class of 2016. The award winners were selected from more than 300,000 trainees who completed the final exam administered by one of Germany’s chambers of industry and commerce last year. “I have turned my biggest passion into a profession,” the 25-year-old says. “I really enjoy helping customers make plans for the most wonderful time of year and sell them experiences that will last a lifetime.”