• UK’S NUMBER ONE HOLIDAY COMPANY REVEALS THE STATISTICS  BEHIND SENDING FOUR MILLION PASSENGERS ON HOLIDAY THIS SUMMER

    UK’S NUMBER ONE HOLIDAY COMPANY REVEALS THE STATISTICS BEHIND SENDING FOUR MILLION PASSENGERS ON HOLIDAY THIS SUMMER

    • To celebrate the end of Summer, three of the UK’s leading names in travel – Thomson, Thomson Cruises and First Choice – reveal some of the statistics behind summer holidays
    • Thomson Airways flew around the world over 600 times, First Choice coached 3,800 budding footie stars, Thomson taught 2,300 kids to swim and while the TUI Discovery 2 served over 5,300 litres of ice cream.

    29 August 2017 – As the kids go back to school and the summer holidays draw to an end the UK’s leading holiday brands, Thomson, Thomson Cruises and First Choice have totted up some of the statistics from the nearly four million passengers they sent on holiday.

    This summer Thomson Airways spent over 41,000 hours in the air jetting millions of holidaymakers away to sunny climates which equates to flying around the world more than a whopping 600 times. The leading holiday airline made over 5,400 round trips to summer holiday hotspots, with team of engineers making sure the fleet of 64 aircraft are in tip top condition and a cleaning crew spending 3,200 hours hand cleaning each plane.

    In the holiday resorts the teams have also been busy keeping everyone amused with guests enjoying more than 4,200 hours of entertainment across the ten First Choice Holiday Villages.   Expert teams at First Choice have also trained over 3,800 budding footie stars at its football academies and kept over 17,000 children amused in their kids’ clubs. Thomson has taught more than 2,300 children to swim this summer since the launch of its new swim schools at 13 of its TUI Family Life resorts. Meanwhile in the TUI Sensatori resorts guests have been pampered, as the spa staff has provided over 40,000 relaxing luxurious spa treatments.

    Meanwhile onboard, Thomson Cruises’ six ships took over 195,000 passengers to 117 ports of call over the summer. The ships, including the latest addition to the fleet, TUI Discovery 2 served over 5,300 litres of ice cream and 56,070 litres of beer, used 100,330 tea bags and went through 1,180kg of coffee – each week.

    The Balearics continued to be the most popular destination this summer, with cultural hotspots Bulgaria and Croatia seeing a significant increase in demand. Bulgaria, has seen a 21% increase in passenger growth since 2016, with trendy Croatia seeing 17% more passengers over summer compared to  the same period last year. With the heavy rain and unseasonal weather in August, Thomson and First Choice also saw a sudden spike in bookings in the first week of the month with a surge in short break bookings (three- four night breaks were up 150% year on year).

    Mark Hall, Director of Product for Thomson and First Choice, said: “This has been another great summer for our resort teams and the statistics are mind boggling – with over 17,000 children being entertained at our First Choice kids clubs and over 40,000 spa treatments being given! Thousands of people work very hard behind the scenes and in resort with our guests to enable them to discover their smiles, relax and unwind on their annual break.”

    With unpredictable weather expected to continue into September and the end of the school summer holidays now upon us, Thomson, First Choice and Thomson Cruises’, are waving goodbye to summer and it’s now full steam ahead to winter holidays.

    Summer isn’t over just yet – top last minute getaways and average temperatures for early September

    Ibiza – 25 degrees

    Thomson offers seven night holidays to Ibiza staying at the 2T+ Sunshine apartments on self-catering basis from £248 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from Cardiff airport on the 4th September 2017. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

    Turkey – 25 degrees

    Thomson offers seven night holidays to Turkey staying at the 3T Club Alpina on self-catering basis from £343 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing, and includes flights departing from Manchester airport on 4th September 2017 and transfers. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

    Jamaica – 33 degrees

    First Choice offers seven night holidays to Jamaica staying at First Choice’s 4Sun+ Premier Royalton Negril on an all-inclusive basis from £849 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing, and includes flights departing from London Gatwick airport on 4th September 2017 and transfers. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson featuring First Choice travel shop, firstchoice.co.uk or call 0871 200 7799.

    Spanish Escapes – TUI Discovery 2

    Thomson Cruises offers a seven night Spanish Escapes cruise on TUI Discovery 2 from £619 per person. This cruise departs from Malaga, Costa del Sol and visits Cadiz, (for Seville) Spain; Gibralter; Funchal, Maderia; Santa Cruz, Tenerife. Based on two adults sharing a deck 2 or 7 inside cabin on a all-inclusive basis, this cruise departs on 24th September 2017. Price includes return flights from London Luton, transfers, port taxes, tips and service charges. For more information or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk/cruise or call 0871 230 2800.