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Attractive charter flights in winter too

There was a great increase in charter flights at Ljubljana Airport this summer. Travel agencies predict a large number of charter flights and tourists in winter as well.
In June, July and August the number of charter flights passing through Ljubljana Airport increased significantly. In comparison to the same period last year, the number of such passengers grew by 46.4 percent. The number of those travelling on tours organized abroad grew in particular.

On the basis of excellent summer results and good experiences in 2003 and 2004, travel agencies are predicting a significant increase in the number of charter flights this winter. They say that there is an increasing tendency to travel outside the summer season because of lower fares. "Together with our partners Gulet Touristik and Slim Reisen of Austria, this winter we plan to organize scheduled charter flights to Turkey, Jerba and Egypt", says Matjaž Čede, the director of Ilirika Turizem. "We decided to work together with foreign travel agencies because they are more competitive based on the large number of tourists from all across Europe, and we can secure more advantageous rates with hotel chains and foreign airlines, as well as better hotel accommodations," he added.

And what do the business partners from abroad have to say about this? "The goal of Austria's Gulet Touristik is to become the travel agency that takes the largest number of passengers from Slovenia to the Mediterranean within two years. This summer we flew from Ljubljana to Rhodes, Crete, Turkey and Tunisia. This winter we will offer charter flights form Ljubljana to Turkey and Egypt, because we believe that quality service and attractive rates will win the loyalty of our customers", says Uve Schmidt, sales director at Gulet Touristik. Slimane Gülmeni, the director of the Austrian agency Slim Reisen, says: "Austria's Slim Reisen group specializes in charter flights to Tunisia. Experience shows that Tunisia, especially the island of Jerba, will also be a favourite winter tourist destination."

Brnik, 22 September 2004