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Cruises are among the top 3 summer trends

The Swiss tour operator Hotelplan Suisse draws a positive balance for the 2016/2017 financial year. The current 2017/2018 winter season has also got off to a very good start and the first bookings for the 2018 summer offer just launched confirm this trend. In the individual travel sector, Scandinavia is expected to be the winner, and in the long-haul sector, the USA and Canada and cruises are likely to be among the top three summer trends for 2018. Hotelplan is publishing a new river cruise catalog in partnership with Thurgau Travel.

Hotelplan Suisse can draw a positive balance for the 2016/2017 financial year (November 1, 2016, to October 31, 2017). For the current winter season, the Canary Islands are in great demand for short and medium-haul routes. After last year’s dry spell, there is growing demand for Egypt as a destination due to terrorist attacks. In the long-haul segment, destinations such as the Indian Ocean, Southern Africa, and the Orient are in fashion this winter 2017/2018.

The outlook for the 2018 summer season

For the coming 2018 summer season, the first signs are showing that early bookings are once again on the rise: Tunisia turns out to be a clear summer trend for 2018. Reservations for Cyprus and the Greek Islands have also started very well. After Spain was one of the top destinations in summer and autumn 2017, Hotelplan Suisse expects another boom for the Spanish islands in summer 2018. By contrast, southern Turkey has not yet recovered this year either and is in the double-digit percentage range in the minus. In the individual travel sector, Scandinavia is expected to be the winner, and in the long-haul sector, the USA and Canada and cruises are likely to be among the top three summer trends for 2018.

“It makes us optimistic that Hotelplan Suisse is in both revenue and passenger growth. This shows that clients are not deterred from traveling by external factors such as terrorist attacks or natural disasters,” says Kurt Eberhard, CEO Hotelplan Suisse. “We are also proud to be able to serve a new niche market for ski enthusiasts with powder finder,” he adds.

Summer timetable 2018
The tour operator is also presenting a wide range of contingent flights for the 2018 summer season. Hotelplan Suisse offers airports from Zurich, Berne, and Geneva, most of which are operated by Edelweiss Air (from Zurich) and Helvetic Airways (from Zurich and Berne). Additional seats are available from Aegean Airlines, Tunisair, and Cobalt Air.

From Zurich: In the 2018 summer season, Hotelplan Suisse will offer direct flights from Edelweiss Air to Egypt (Hurghada and Marsa Alam), the Greek Islands (Corfu, Chania, Heraklion, Kos, Rhodes, Samos and Zakynthos), Croatia (Dubrovnik and Split), Spain (Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Jerez, Mallorca and Tenerife), Tunisia (Djerba) and Cyprus (Larnaca and Paphos). In addition, the Greek Islands (Heraklion, Rhodes, and Paros via Athens) are served by Aegean Airlines, Tunisia (Djerba and Tunis) by Tunisair, Cyprus (Larnaca) by Cobalt Air and Spain (Lanzarote) by Vueling Airlines.

From 23 June 2018 to 11 August 2018, a full charter flight to Shannon in Ireland and from 30 June 2018 to 11 August 2018 to Tromsø in northern Norway will be offered by Hotelplan Suisse on Saturdays with Helvetic Airways.

From Berne: During the 2018 summer season, Hotelplan Suisse will fly to the Greek Islands (Heraklion, Kos, and Rhodes), the Balearic Islands (Mallorca and Menorca) and Sardinia (Olbia) with Helvetic Airways.

From Geneva: Flights with Cobalt Air to Larnaca and with Aegean Airlines to Heraklion (Crete) are now available. Vueling will fly to Gran Canaria, Djerba and Tunis are also on the program of the tour operator Hotelplan Suisse during the summer season 2018 with Tunisair.

As before, Hotelplan Suisse offers further destinations with numerous airlines at current daily prices.

Highlights summer season 2018
Hotelplan Suisse will be on the market next summer with a wide range of products and services. The travel brands Migros Ferien, Hotelplan, Tourisme Pour Tous, Travelhouse and Globus Reisen offer varied holiday and travel experiences for every taste:

The Migros Ferien brand has entered into a cooperation with Migros-Fitness parks and will offer a varied fitness fun in Crete for around 100 sports enthusiasts in summer 2018. Yoga weeks and weekends are also on offer. In addition, the direct travel brand offers city trips with show and event tickets already included in the price. In addition, the most popular bathing holiday destinations such as Mallorca, Cyprus, Crete and Kos as well as Bali, Ko Samui and Florida are available for Migros holiday customers.


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