TUI Travel posts strong summer and winter holiday bookings

Kasmira Jefford
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`TUI TRAVEL said yesterday it was on track to meet full year expectations after almost selling out its summer holiday programme and recording encouraging early winter holiday sales.

The travel giant behind Thomson and First Choice said year-on-year summer holiday sales were up six per cent in Northern Europe, five per cent higher in central Europe and increased by two per cent in Western Europe.

Tui said that while it was relatively early in the booking cycle, winter booking sales had been encouraging, particularly in Northern and Central Europe.

The group also said UK summer holiday bookings for 2013 are outperforming market rivals like Thomas Cook, with sales up 10 per cent, driven by the sale of exclusive holiday packages that cannot be booked through another company.