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UK HOLIDAY TRENDS – AUGUST 2012

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As the busiest month for holidays draws to a close, Thomson reveals this month’s travel trends.

Demand for overseas travel in August was even higher than usual thanks to the rain. As a result, Thomson had very few holidays left to sell for customers looking for a late deal.

Jamaica has been a summer success story in more ways than one with nearly 20,000 Thomson and First Choice customers searching for holidays to the Caribbean island immediately after the 100m final. Overall in August searches for holidays to Jamaica were up by 20%.

Greece enjoyed a strong month with searches up nearly 20% compared to the same period last year as families jetted off on holiday and others searched for a late summer deal.

In addition London Gatwick to Majorca proved the most popular flight route during August. Long regarded as a family favourite Majorca has seen increased interest following the Prime Minister choosing to holiday on the island with his family.

AUGUST TRENDS

Biggest Increase in Searched for Destinations (year on year)

· Jamaica (20%)

· Greece (20%)

· Tunisia (39%)

Top Destinations

1. Spain

2. Greece

3. Turkey

Top Searched Words on Thomson

· Sensatori

· Florida

· Weddings

Top Scoring Hotels from Customer Satisfaction Questionnaires

· Premier Le Reve Hotel & Spa in Hurghada, Egypt (Thomson Couples resort)

· Hotel Tesoru Blu in Kefelonia (Thomson Couples resort)

Porto Santa Maria Hotel, Madeira

Top Cruises

1. Colourful Costas Cruise

2. Adriatic Explorer

3. Red Sea Magic

Top Cocktails on Thomson Dream Cruise Liner

1. Pina Colada

2. Mai Thai

3. Mojito

4. Singapore Sling

5. Long Island Iced Tea

Top Excursions

1. Chichen Wonders Mexico

2. Pirates Adventure, Majorca

3. Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius, Italy

Most popular Winter Sun destinations

1. Tenerife

2. Sharm el Sheikh

3. Lanzarote

4. Gran Canaria

5. Mexico

Most popular flight routes for August 2013

1. London Gatwick to Palma

2. Manchester to Florida

3. London Gatwick to Dalaman

4. London Gatwick to Cancun

5. Manchester to Sharm el Sheikh

Top purchased items from onboard duty free

1. Thomson Snuggle Up Kit

2. Tangle Teezer

3. GOSH Bronzing Brush

4. Mavala Double Lash (for length and growth of eyelashes)

5. Five Ball Shamballa Braclet

Notes to Editors

Thomson, part of TUI UK & Ireland, is one of the UK’s most well-known holiday brands, delivering unique and modern holiday experiences for its customers every year.

In 2013, 90% of hotels in the Thomson brochure will be exclusive to Thomson and these properties continue to be popular among our customers.

Flagship properties include; four Sensatori hotels in Crete, Tenerife, Mexico and Egypt with another planned to open in Turkey in 2013 – these hotels give customers a luxury holiday experience, featuring world class spas and gourmet dining; Thomson Couples resorts offering stylish hotels in beach front locations exclusively for adults with a real contemporary feel and Thomson Family Resorts which have been designed for families with younger children, featuring excellent kids clubs giving parents a care-free, relaxing holiday.

Thomson is the sister company of First Choice and uses Thomson Airways as its carrier to take over 5.5million people on holiday each year.

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