TUI AG the Anglo-German tour operator, says cruise bookings at its UK based Thomson Cruises unit, have not slowed down after the 23 June referendum at which Britain opted to leave the European Union, the company said in a statement.
“UK cruise sales continue to perform well. There has been no apparent slowdown in UK bookings as a result of the EU referendum, demonstrating once again the resilience of demand for our unique and differentiated holidays, distributed directly to the customer,” TUI AG said in a statement.
Thomson Cruises introduced the 69,130 gross ton Thomson Discovery this summer. The former Royal Caribbean International vessel will be followed by three other ships – one from Royal Caribbean International and two from TUI Cruises – in the next three consecutive years.
In the UK, the 2016-17 tour programme is 89% sold, ahead of prior year. We are continuing to deliver a strong performance, with revenue and bookings up 6%. Short haul growth is driven by holidays to Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Portugal. Long haul bookings are up 16%, driven by growth to Mexico, Dominican Republic and Jamaica as well as new destinations such as Costa Rica.
The underlying EBITA of TUI’s German cruise operations that comprise Hapag Lloyd Kreuzfahrten and a 50% stake in TUI Cruises, increased to €29 million in the third quarter to 30 June from €19 million in the year before, driven by the launch of Mein Schiff 4 in June 2015 and continued improvement in performance by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.