Ryanair has delivered a stark warning claiming that holidays in Spain and Portugal are selling out fast. The budget airline’s head marketing executive says Britons need to book their summer holidays now to avoid disappointment.
At a press briefing, Kenny Jacobs said both Britons and Germans were turning to the Iberian Peninsula countries as they were seen as a safer bet than former hotspots Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia. The burgeoning tourism industries in the latter trio have been rocked by terrorism attacks that have claimed the lives of scores of tourists from the UK and Germany.
Mr Jacobs explained that the school summer break in the UK was fixed and restricted. He added that hotels in Spain and Portugal had been inundated with reservations for July and August and were expecting to sell their final vacant rooms by early March.
He continued by saying that on a recent trip to the Algarve region of Portugal he had talked to hoteliers and a lot confirmed they were fully booked for the two peak summer months. The Ryanair executive noted that a bomb which killed 10 German tourists in Istanbul last month had had a major impact in Germany.
He stated that almost half of the Germans who had been planning holidays in Turkey this summer had switched destinations to Portugal or Spain. Tunisia was a favourite with UK holidaymakers. Terror attacks at Tunis’s Bardo Museum and in the Sousse resort of Port El Kantaoui last year have just about killed tourism in the North African nation.