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Travel agencies sell more than 2 million trips in 2012

2 January 2013

Prague, Dec 31 (CTK) - Czech travel agencies sold over two million holiday trips this year, the same number as last year, and clients bought over one half of the trips online, according to data from the association of Czech travel agencies ACCKA.

The value of the sales, however, dropped by 2 to 3 percent. The drop was caused by huge price reductions on first-minute and last-minute trips, association spokeswoman Katerina Petrickova told CTK.

Last year, travel agencies sold 2.09 million holiday trips.

Over the past years, a growth in sales has been recorded mainly in trips to destinations that can be reached by car or coach, such as Croatia, Slovakia and Italy. Sales of air trips are stagnating, accounting for 35 percent of the total number of trips abroad.

An annual rise in sales has been registered in package holidays to Bulgaria, Tunisia and Montenegro.

Interest in holidays in Croatia, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Spain remained unchanged.

A drop in sales was seen in trips to Egypt.

Czechs most frequently bought eight-day package holidays. Their interest in all inclusive catering grew markedly. They aslo preferred accommodation in four-star hotels, while interest in cheaper forms of accommodations is falling.

The average price of of a package holiday abroad sold this year was Kc11,400, the same last last year.

A record of 52 percent of all package holidays (1.09 million) were sold online this year.

Last minutes trips accounted for 40 percent of all package holidays sold this year.

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