Egypt, Greece, Turkey among the top summer destinations for German travelers
Egypt continued its comeback with German travelers, as bookings for this summer rose 64% y-o-y, Reuters reports, citing German market researcher Gfk. According to Gfk, German travelers are also returning in droves to Turkey, where “the security situation and political tension appeared to be easing,” spurring a 101% y-o-y rise in German summer bookings. Meanwhile, Greece has now become Germany’s top destination for summer vacationing on the back of a 40% y-o-y increase in bookings.
Looking to rain on the parade is Daesh, which is calling for increased attacks on Christian tourists to turn popular holiday destinations into “bloodbaths,” according to The Sun. The terrorist group reportedly published an editorial in its weekly magazine encouraging its fighters to kidnap foreigners and tourists, which “will greatly embarrass the regime and destroy its economy … more than targeting the military and police.”