-The tour operator is heading for a more than successful 2023 summer season and is extending it – due to high demand – for the third time in a row.
-For the winter season, FTI is planning to expand its flight connections.
-The incoming agency Meeting Point Hellas is also enlarging its portfolio.
Holidays in Greece is requested more than ever: “Compared to pre-pandemic times, we can report a higher demand for holidays in the land of a thousand islands,” explains Jan Mayer, Chief Product Officer for Short & Mid-Haul, and emphasises: “Therefore we will extend the 2023 summer season with selected hotel partners on Crete and Rhodes until mid-November.” The fact that the cooperation with tourism players in Greece is designed for the long term is also reflected in the continuous expansion of the portfolio, including on Crete.
“We operate with superlatives on the largest Greek island: 350 weekly connections from around 50 airports in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as France and the Netherlands. For the autumn holidays we are also planning to expand flight capacities to meet demand,” says Halina Strzyzewska, Strategic Destination Officer Greece at FTI.
Well-known and newly discovered
The importance of Crete for the FTI GROUP is also shown by the fact that the island was the venue for this year’s annual conference of the Touristik Vertriebsgesellschaft (TVG). From 27 April to 1 May 2023, 130 participants discussed techniques for improved resilience, the new understanding of the role, the challenges and opportunities for the franchisor, the offices and their partners. Besides Crete, FTI is also focusing on a multi-faceted programme in Greece and is intensifying connections to smaller islands such as Zakynthos and Skiathos. Hence, Araxos, a completely new airport in the north-west of the Peloponnese, is used for the holiday region between Olympia and Patras.
Meeting Point Hellas expands its portfolio
Meeting Point Hellas, the group’s destination management agency, is also benefiting from outstanding figures: “We are already seeing higher demand from our international guests than at the same time in 2022. Due to the very good bookings, especially for the islands of Rhodes. Corfu and Crete, we expect a strong push for the coming months,” knows Mario Habig, CEO DMCs at the FTI GROUP. In order to inspire first-time visitors as well as show regular guests new corners, the subsidiary of the FTI GROUP has significantly expanded its programme there.
“On Crete, our guests can experience a jeep tour through the Psiloritis Park starting this summer: The discovery tour through the UNESCO Geopark leads to archaeological sites, the Sfendoni Cave as well as to the birthplace of Zeus, the Ida Mountains,” says Manos Drakonakis, CEO of Meeting Point Hellas & Cyprus, and continues, “On renewed round trip ‘Cretan Flavors’, stops at a winery as well as an olive oil factory will make gourmet hearts beat faster.”
About the FTI GROUP
With its tourism brands, the FTI GROUP is the third largest tour operator in Europe. Its brands include FTI Touristik, the last-minute provider 5vorFlug, the car rental agency Drive FTI, the destination management company Meeting Point International as well as the hotel lines Labranda Hotels & Resorts, Design Plus Hotels, Kairaba Hotels & Resorts, Lemon & Soul, managed by MP Hotels and Club Sei. Important distribution channels are Europe’s largest TV travel shopping channel sonnenklar.TV and the B2B online platform Youtravel. Bookings are processed through the company’s own service centres. The group, headquartered in Munich and with subsidiaries in Austria, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands, employs more than 11,000 people worldwide and generated consolidated revenues of around €3.76 billion in the 2020/21 financial year.