The threat of terrorism and the European football Championship have in recent months had their impact on the travel behaviour of the Belgians. This is evident from data of ABTO, the Association of Belgian tour operators,
The association makes short before the end of the summer season, a first balance sheet. “This can’t be otherwise than very moved to be called against the light of the various geopolitical situations that the sector was facing. The members of ABTO responded professional, put the customer first and got the proper recognition of the customers”, says ABTO.
Turkey and Tunisia
The travel advisory for Tunisia is still negative and the past few months, Turkey, a popular holiday destination for the Belgians, through a turbulent period. A number of destinations, noting an important growth, such as Spain with 7.8 percent, Portugal with 8.3 percent and Bulgaria with even 41,1 per cent. Also Italy, Croatia, and Macedonia were in demand.
Bookings for Tunisia fell away completely. ABTO hopes on a review of the travel advice with the winter bookings in the offing. Also Turkey did a lot less well, with 45 percent fewer bookings.
“For the langeafstandsreizen draw the ABTO members, with strong growth for both tours and for the exotic beach holidays, with an increase of 6.2 percent. Central and South America are the strongest ascenders, with a respective increase of 38.2% and 41,1%. Also Asia, with Thailand on the head, is doing well,” according to ABTO. Striking was the number of laatboekers, inspired by the EUROPEAN campaign of the Red Devils. After the shutdown increased the number of lastminuteboekingen.
ABTO still sees a number of trends such as a rising interest in cruisvakanties and an increase of early booker. Also see ABTO a growing group of singles and single-parent families that have a custom-made holiday wishes.
The winter announces itself as provisionally good, with an increasing interest for holidays by air to Spain (+28.5 percent) and Africa (+12.8%). (Belga)