• Market trends/Destination news:

In July, «mixed results» in travel agencies

According to the Orchestra / Gestour barometer conducted for Travel Companies, in July, agencies

recorded a 3% drop in departures but this was offset by a 7% increase in bookings.

The Top 3 medium–‐haul destinations are Spain, Greece and Italy. Spain suffered in July with a 9% drop

in the number of departures while Tunisia continued its recovery both in terms of departures (+36%)

and reservations (+25%). Turkey and Egypt are also rising.

The Top 3 long–‐haul destinations are the United States, Canada and Thailand. However, these three

destinations are down compared to July 2017, while China, fourth, is up 24%. Also a craze for Mexico,

departure as a reservation has be noticed.

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French’s ten favorite destinations in September

The 1st of September records the most bookings. They are then carried out the first week then the

third week of September. Concerning duration: 40% of bookings are for short stays, perhaps that

Julytists and Augusters hide there to prolong their summer. Then the stays from 8 to 14 days (27%) are

requested; 17% of the reservations concern stays of 21 days and + and finally 16% of the reservations

are stays of 1 week. The top 3 is composed of:

–‐ Lisbon

–‐ Marrakech

–‐ New York

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Mauritius launches «no passport» programme for resident

Mauritius has introduced a temporary measure allowing French nationals residing in Reunion Island to

travel to Mauritius with their national identity card without the need to present a passport. This

measure is only valid from August 16th to October 10th 2018

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  • Airline news:

Oman Air extends its codeshare with Lufthansa

Through this expanded code–‐share agreement, passengers can now travel on Oman Air flights from

Muscat International Airport to Madrid, Brussels, Vienna and Prague from Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt

and Munich. The agreement offers travellers better connectivity and a wide range of services between

Muscat and Europe. This agreement is the latest step in the development of links between Oman Air

and Lufthansa.


Amsterdam Schiphol: strike notice for September 4th

Two unions (FNV and CNV) have announced a 24–‐hour strike at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. A

movement that could affect the trip of over 200,000 passengers. Requests from the security personnel

have been running since June 30th, who have used so far a beaded strike system, where people stop

working for 15 minutes, up to 5 times a day.

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  • Tour operator news:

La Française des circuits brings sustainable tourism into mass distribution

The tour–‐operator proposes about ten tours, grouped into 4 themes to raise tourists’ awareness and

allow them to travel differently:

–‐ Responsible & Solidary to participate in concrete actions

–‐ History & Memory to immerse oneself in what makes the identity of populations

–‐ Culture & Traditions to discover the local heritage and know –‐how

–‐ Wellness & Wellness to soak up aspects more related to spirituality

These trips are an opportunity for the TO to make customers aware of waste reduction f or example

or to participate in concrete actions (reforestation…)


For this winter, FTI Voyages launches 4 new brochures

FTI Voyages launches its 4 new winter 2018/19 brochures. One of this year’ major feature is The Club

FTI Privilège. Three clubs open their doors from November 1st 2018: the Club FTI Privilège LABRANDA

Les Dunes d’Or in Agadir in Morocco, the Club FTI Privilège LABRANDA Makadi on the Red Sea in Egypt

and the Club FTI Privilège DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island 5* in Ras Khaimah. A fourth

will open its doors for the April 2019 school holidays, the Bodrum Park Resort 5* FTI Privilege Club in

Turkey. These 4 destinations will be served by direct flights from Paris and the province.

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The new Voyamar brochures have arrived

The tour operator has delivered its six new brochures that make up its redesigned offer. The general

brochure presents tours and stays around the world with a small selection of the products presented

in the specialist brochures. The Voyamar Collection consists of 5 specialist brochures dedicated to

Africa, Australia (with some New Caledonia and New Zealand), Europe, USA–‐Canada and Israel–‐Jordan.


For its first anniversary, Lidl dump prices to the Caribbean

From September 11, the brand joins forces with the tour operator Boomerang to market a 9 day/7

night stay in the Dominican Republic. Lidl has also partnered with MSC and suggests two cruises aboard

the MSC Opera from Paris, starting at 999 euros per person in full board (departure from November

to February). These two 9 day/7 night offers, «The Golden Sea of Mexico» (Havana, Belize, Roatan

Island in Honduras, Cozumel in Mexico) and «From Jamaica to the Cayman Islands» (Havana, Jamaica,

Cayman Islands, Cozumel) allow you to discover 4 paradise countries and islands.

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