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June 1, 2010
  • Travel a la carte
  • Direct flights from Glasgow to Punta Cana
  • Malecon voted among 7 Treasures
  • Americans more likely to travel
Travel a la carte
German holidaymakers are increasingly planning and making their own holiday arrangements. According to ADAC Reisemonitor, this year (2010) 61.7% of those polled intend to organize their vacations themselves, 5.1% more than in 2007 (56.6%).
"German behavior patterns have significantly changed. For many people planning and organizing one's own holidays is a perfectly natural thing. As a result there is a growing demand for information".
According to the survey, at over 85% Germany is the country with the highest number of people booking their own holidays. The majority of holidaymakers also make their own arrangements for traveling in Europe. More than 50% said they would plan their own trip, with 36% willing to book a package tour within Europe.
Nevertheless, with long-haul travel, such as to the Dominican Republic, 47% of German respondents to the survey said they would book all-inclusive tours, while 31% would make their own arrangements.
Martin Buck, director of the Competence Center, Travel and Logistics at Messe Berlin, the organizer of the ITB World Travel Fair, comments: "Package tours have long been declared dead and buried, but for tour operators they remain the main source of income. Nonetheless, a new pattern is emerging. Tourism professionals are offering new types of travel and creative services, and as a result are reaching people who have their own ideas about holiday trips. Many organizers are advertising holiday modules which can be individually combined, enabling customers to tailor their own personal holiday packages."
Direct flights from Glasgow to Punta Cana
British holiday firm Thomson will offer weekly package tours to Punta Cana from 3 May to the middle of September from Glasgow Airport in Scotland. There already were summer flights to Puerto Plata and winter holiday packages to La Romana. In Scotland, Glasgow competes for the position of Scotland's busiest airport.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: "The charter market remains strong at Glasgow and many holidaymakers appear to be returning to the traditional package holiday because of the value for money and the choice of destinations they serve." She added that the addition of the new flight was good news for holidaymakers looking for great value holidays in the sun.
Malecon voted among 7 Treasures
The Malecon, the sea-fronting boulevard, has been included as one of the 7 Treasures of the Material Cultural Heritage of Santo Domingo. The International Bureau of Capitals of
Culture announced the winners last week. There were 27 candidates for the treasure, and most were in the Colonial City. The emblematic Caribbean boulevard that dates back to 1936 is the setting for many cultural events in Santo Domingo carnival. Many important architectural buildings line the Malecon, dating back from Colonial times to the start of modern architecture in the country.
Americans more likely to travel
A Y Partnership index forecasts that the gray cloud over US travel may be about to pass. A recent poll, The Traveler Sentiment IndexSM (April) reveals a significant increase in perceived money available for travel (82.4 in April 2010, up from 70.3 in April 2009), suggesting that consumers are now more confident about their personal finances and may, therefore, be more inclined to make discretionary expenditures on travel services than they were one year ago. Three of the six variables from which the index is derived (interest in travel, time available to travel and the aforementioned money available for travel) are increasing, while the remaining three (affordability of travel, perceived safety of travel, and quality of travel services) are declining. The greatest decrease was observed in the perceived affordability of travel (down from 118.6 in April 2009 to 103.5 in April 2010), signaling that recent efforts by many travel service suppliers to increase fares and rates have not been lost on the traveling public.

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