Holiday companies cut routes to Spain
25 October 2004, MADRID – Tour operators have cut more than 250,000 Spanish holidays from next year’s brochures, holiday companies said Monday.
25 October 2004
MADRID – Tour operators have cut more than 250,000 Spanish holidays from next year’s brochures, holiday companies said Monday.
They admitted they are losing out to people booking on the internet — and looking for more adventurous holidays to destinations such as Bulgaria, Egypt, Tunisia and the Balkans.
Spain will make up just 60 percent of holidays sold by British operators Thomson and Thomas Cook in 2005 — down 10 percent on the previous year.
In April, First Choice and Cosmos pulled out of the Costa Brava and Club 18-30 has stopped holidays to traditional holiday towns Lloret de Mar, in the north-east and Benidorm in the south-east.
The Costas are still the No1 destination for British people but bookings are down 25 percent in the past ten years.
Thomson hinted Spanish hoteliers may now be motivated to cut rates and provide better service.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news