In separate moves that should make it easier for Germans to purchase their travel arrangements, fvw reports that:
- As a result of a German Federal Administrative Court ruling last year, Thomas Cook Germany is reducing the amount of a deposit for brochure package holidays from 25 percent to 20 percent, and for last-minute trips from 30 percent to 20 percent;
- The deadline for paying the remaining 80 percent of the vacation package price has been changed from 40 days to 30 days before departure; and
- Alltours has increased the number of sales outlets in Germany by 10 percent by signing up 800 more travel agents following changes to its commission arrangement. The majority of the new agents are smaller outlets.
- Meanwhile, Sedat Tatli has been appointed to manage the DER Touristik brand, Meier’s Weltreisen, beginning in June. He has been promoted to the job from his current position as M-W’s product manager for Asia and the Indian Ocean. He succeeds Matthias Rotter, who has been appointed as managing director of the DER Touristik Frankfurt, which includes responsibility for Dertour and ADAC Reisen.