Thomas Cook has a total of 6 million customers in the United Kingdom, it said there was a higher demand for Spanish holidays past year, fewer tourists visited places such as Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia after a number of terror attacks.

The travel operator's results revealed how it continues to grapple with the impact of political instability and terror attacks that have weakened demand for trips to Turkey and Egypt.

In the United Kingdom, winter bookings are 5% higher, with prices 1% lower, while it said average selling prices are 9% higher for the summer.

"In preparation for the summer season, we have expanded our holiday offering to Greece and a number of smaller destinations across Europe, and I'm pleased that this early action is paying off", Chief Executive Peter Fankhauser said in a statement, adding that demand for holidays in Turkey remained weak.

It said it has seen a massive surge in popularity in bookings for Majorca and the Canary Islands where hotel prices have risen by eight per cent as a result of the increased demand.

Greece was now its "stand-out" destination, with 2.5 million holidaymakers booked for this summer.

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In the United Kingdom, winter bookings are five per cent higher, with prices one per cent lower, while it said average selling prices are nine per cent higher for the summer. In addition, its online division saw strong growth, rising up over 20 percent in the United Kingdom and double that figure in Germany. He said these include Cyprus, Bulgaria and Croatia.

Summer 2017 is so far 31% sold, which is 9% ahead of this time previous year, while the current winter season is only 82% sold, as expected.

Revenue in the three months to the end of December was up 1% to £1.6bn but seasonal underlying operating losses were only improved by £1m to £49m.

Standard Life Investments said it had "voted against several of the remuneration resolutions at Thomas Cook's AGM, including the re-election of the remuneration committee chairman and its members", a spokesman said.

Just shy of a third of votes went against the 2017 strategic share incentive plan.


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