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'Choose Turkey and Tunisia over Spain and Greece'

'Choose Turkey and Tunisia over Spain and Greece'

Can Deniz, managing director of Just Sunshine Holidays, agreed high flight prices to Turkey of up to £800 in late August were a problem this summer but he was “confident” there would be more airline capacity in 2019 to help bring down these prices.

 

“I would urge travel agents to compare prices for Turkey and Tunisia with other short-haul European destinations – Spain, Portugal and Greece – as you will get a lot more for your money in Turkey and Tunisia," he said.

 

"You will pay double for a five star hotel in Spain or Greece compared with Turkey.”

 

He added sales to Tunisia this summer had “not been as high as expected”, which he attributed to high flight prices: “With the tour operators’ lack of capacity, they kept prices very high to Tunisia,” added Deniz.

 

“Capacity will increase next year and we will have our own charters from Gatwick and Manchester for the first time since 2015.”

 

The switch back to the eastern Med is also reflected in James Villas Holidays’ list of its fastest growing destinations in 2018, with the Greek islands occupying five of the top 10 spots – headed by Kefalonia, Crete and Rhodes - while other eastern Med destinations like Cyprus and Istria in Croatia also featured.

 

Although Spain’s numbers have dipped, the country has seen record arrivals for each of the past five years, and it continues to be in high demand despite higher hotel prices.

 

Gary Lewis, chief executive of The Travel Network Group, added: “The mainstream destinations of Spain, Greece and Turkey have all performed well overall [this summer].”

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