Thomas Cook sees recovery in summer travel bookings

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Thomas Cook has said the holiday market is starting to recover following a series of terrorist attacks and political upheaval last year that dampened demand.

Bookings for this summer are 10 per cent ahead of last year and the tour operator said it was “seeing early signs that customers are beginning to go back to Turkey and Egypt”.

Demand for Turkey and Egypt fell sharply after the bombing of a plane from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh and a violent attempt by the Turkish army to overthrow the government. Thomas Cook said it had instead expanded its offering of Greek holidays and bookings for summer holidays here are up 40 per cent.

In the UK, it said numbers of bookings was flat and average prices were up 3 per cent.

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