German Vacationers Fleeing Rainy Summer
Enlarge image Mirador Punta de la Nao in Majorca (© picture alliance / Franz Pritz /) The rainy summer in Germany is driving vacationers to escape in droves to the Mediterranean. A dapd survey on Friday revealed that all large travel agencies have experienced a significant increase in bookings over the past few days. Alltours, TUI and Thomas Cook have had to charter additional flights to southern Europe in order to accommodate the sudden rush of tourists.
Everyone has had it with the terrible weather, said Stefan Suska, a manager for the operator Alltours. Alltours’ bookings have increased by more than 10 percent due to the rain. For the Hanover-based market leader TUI, business is also booming like never before. “When the weather is as bad as it has been this year, you can set your clock to the moment the booking numbers take off,” said manager Mario Köpers.
The TUI rival Thomas Cook (which includes brands Neckermann and Öger) is also stepping up operations. They have ordered additional flights to Tunisia and Majorca.