The tour operator TUI Belgium has announced the relaunch this month in Belgium of travel packages to Turkey and the Dominican Republic, then to Cape Verde, Mexico or Dubai.
After having interrupted all its flight-hotel packages due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the leading Belgian tour operator had put its winter 2021-2022 offer on sale in April. It is only since July 1, 2021 that all European destinations have been offered again, TUI recalled on Friday, detailing the timetable for the resumption of certain destinations outside Europe.
Holidays on the Turkish coast will again be available with the airline TUI Fly Belgium (via Izmir, Bodrum and Antalya airports), as well as city trips to Istanbul. Travelers will be able to go on vacation to the Dominican Republic again from this date as well.
Trips to the Cape Verdean islands of Sal and Boa Vista will resume; then Mexico (Cancun) and Dubai will complete the list of available destinations.
In a first phase, two flights per week will be scheduled for all these destinations, with the exception of Antalya and Dubai with four departures per week, specifies the tour operator.
TUI Belgium has also decided to “no longer cancel package holidays outside Europe if the destination receives a positive rating based on an in-depth internal evaluation. This is now the case for a number of destinations. Holidaymakers can rest assured that the health situation in the destination is under control and that the holiday experience will not be affected by local health measures”. The vast majority of Belgians are fully vaccinated “and there is strong market demand for more distant destinations, especially during the winter months”. This is why TUI evaluates each non-European destination “on a weekly basis, thanks to numerous sources available at national and even regional level”, explains the tour operator.
TUI Belgium is thus responding to the request of a public accustomed to going in winter and believes that it is “the right time to reopen certain destinations. This avoids large concentrations of holidaymakers in a limited number of sunny destinations in winter.” The tour operator “recommends only fully immunized travelers to visit these destinations”, and in order to avoid confusion “will personally inform each affected traveler and/or their travel agent of the status of their booking”.