THE Union of tour operating companies (Seto) expects a very promising winterthe first reservation figures are up 40% year-on-year.
“The big surprise is the reservations for this winter. It’s incredible. We thought that what we had managed to do when we restarted in 2022 or even in the summer of 2023, would calm down this winter. This is not the case», declared René-Marc Chikli, president of Seto, to the press on the eve of the opening of the IFTM-Top Résa tourism professionals fair in Paris.
The first reservation figures for winter 2023-2024 (from November 1 to April 30) are up 40% year-on-year for a turnover also up 41.6%. These “very good prospects should be considered with caution in relation to possible events disrupting activity“, however setso nuance.
“There is a strong comeback from Asia », detailed René-Marc Chikli, “Thailand is leaving again and Indonesia too thanks to Bali” And “Japan sells very well“. In terms of the number of travelers, Mauritius occupies the first place on the podium with an increase of 25% in its reservations, followed by Egypt (+192%), Morocco (+65.8%) and the Republic Dominican (-22%). “The winter figures are surprising. People decided to invest in travel. How long will this last?“, asked the president of Seto.
The summer was also good for French tour operators who anticipated, from May 1 to October 31, a turnover up 27.7% to 3.035 billion euros. Tunisia, Greece, the Balearic Islands and Morocco led this summer’s medium-haul destinations and Mauritius, the United States, the Dominican Republic and Canada led the long-haul destinations.