The Canaries, Thailand and Egypt: this Winter, European holidaymakers prefer to repeat holidays, opting to return to a previous destination. This is a finding of the TUI Holiday Atlas Winter 2019/20, featuring European holidaymakers’ favourite destinations in the current winter season. Gran Canaria ranks first as the number one travel destination, with Tenerife and Lanzarote ranking among the top five, alongside Phuket in Thailand and Hurghada in Egypt. TUI customers thus prefer returning to the same destinations as in the previous 2018/19 winter season.
Around 27 million guests travel to more than 100 destinations with TUI each year. The TUI Holiday Atlas also provides an overview of country-specific preferences. Fuerteventura remains the top destination among German holidaymakers, followed by Hurghada in Egypt, Las Palmas, Tenerife, and Phuket in Thailand. By contrast, French holidaymakers have chosen Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic as their top destination this time. British, Irish and Belgian holidaymakers continue to prefer visiting Tenerife. And as in prior years, Gran Canaria remains the favourite travel destination among Finnish, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish holidaymakers, while Polish travellers are most likely to travel to Antalya in Turkey. However, the top five destinations of Polish holidaymakers now also include the Egyptian beach resorts Hurghada and Marsa Alam as well as Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Austrian and Swiss holidaymakers also like travelling to more remote destinations. Austrian holidaymakers’ top destination for a sun and beach holiday is the Maldives, while Swiss customers prefer Phuket. Dutch travellers are also keen to go on a long-haul trip – their absolute dream destination during the cold season is Curaçao, a Lesser Antilles island.
The latest TUI Holiday Atlas shows that the Canaries remain the number one travel destination among TUI customers this Winter. Egypt has confirmed the comeback it made in last year’s Winter season: nearly all Europeans clearly favour sunshine destinations, the only exception being Dutch, Austrian and German holidaymakers who are also likely to visit Austria as a Winter hideaway.