Why UK travelers have great news for tourism in Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt?


Terror threats perceived to have diminished Tourists from the UK are heading back to Turkey, Egypt and Turkey, all destinations that until recently were considered by many to be at risk of unrest or terrorism. This is according to the latest findings which predict future travel patterns by analysing booking transactions by travel agents.

This is very good news for the travel and tourism industry in Turkey, Tunisia, and Egypt, although the two Arab countries have yet to recover their full potential. Turkey with the biggest market share of the three, is showing a 66.4% growth in UK leisure bookings on last year; Egypt is ahead 50.9%, and Tunisia – with a 0.7% share – is ahead 901.0%.

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eisure bookings to more traditional safe destinations, Spain and Portugal have fallen back 2.5% and 0.2% respectively, according to the combined ForwardKeys and GfK data, although their visitor numbers have been kept high in recent years as a result of the threats to other destinations.

The findings reveal the true impact that terrorism had on Middle Eastern and North African destinations in the last few years, including Morocco, and show that recovery has only recently begun.

In terms of scheduled capacity, Egypt and Tunisia both have a long way to go to reach their 2015 levels. In the third quarter of this year, Egypt has 46% of seats available three years ago, and Tunisia, 38%.

However, Turkey’s recovery is progressing much better. Seats on direct flights from the UK are back to 94% of what they were in 2015.

The latest ForwardKeys and GfK research – carried out for a joint presentation with HSBC Global Research – shows that overall UK leisure travel is ahead 4.9% this summer.


SOURCE: Forwardkey

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.