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Portugal: Strong growth for German tour operators

Tour operators in Germany have double-digit growth in bookings for Portugal this summer as demand surges for Western Mediterranean destinations. Portugal has already generated good growth on the German market in recent years. Last year, the number of German visitors increased to 1.1 million from 977,000 in 2014, with the Algarve, Madeira and Lisbon as […]

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German tour operators welcome subsidies U-turn

Tour operators in Germany have welcomed a U-turn by Turkish tourism minister Mahir Ünal under which they will receive flight subsidies this summer rather than airlines. Ünal has clarified plans to provide a subsidy of US$6,000 per flight this summer to support the country’s tourism sector. Under the ‘2016 Tourism Action Plan’ presented by Prime […]

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Hoteliers increase stakes in Turkey specialist tour operator

Turkey’s Royal Hotels has bought into specialist tour operator Bentour while Delphin Hotels has increased its existing minority stake in the company. The Stone Group, which trades as Royal Hotels, has acquired a 10% stake in Bentour, which is based in Switzerland but mostly active on the German market. The Turkish group operates six hotels, […]

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German tour operators sign up international partners

Tour operators in Germany have agreed various sales and marketing partnerships with destinations and airlines. FTI has teamed up with Dutch low-cost airline Transavia in a sales and marketing deal for its new low-cost flights from Munich which start at the end of March. FTI will sell seats on Transavia flights to city and beach […]

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Turkish-Russian travel firms eye German market

Two Turkish-owned Russian tour operators are actively looking at entering the German market to diversify from their struggling home market. OTI Holding and Anex Tour are considering offering packages in Turkey and Egypt to German customers in addition to Russian holidaymakers, according to fvw information. The Istanbul-based OTI group is active on the Russian market […]

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