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Thomson announces summer 2013 programme

Thomson is excited to announce the launch of its Summer 2013 programme, with the latest editions of Thomson’s Florida, Summer Collection, and Faraway Shores brochures. The new brochures showcase the launch of the Thomson Airways 787 Dreamliner, more hotels offering exclusivity and unique holiday experiences, than ever before, plus new Sensatori and Thomson Couples hotels and new destination of Costa Almeria. Summer 2013 holidays will go on sale as of Thursday 26 April.

“Summer 2013 is shaping up to be one of our most exciting launches ever,” says Garry Wilson, Purchasing and Product Director for Thomson. “We are thrilled that our customers are going to be able to experience the benefits of travelling on the Dreamliner on our most popular long haul routes. We know that this addition to our fleet will set us apart from our competition and we’ll be able to give our customers the best possible start to their holidays.”

“In line with our strategy of offering customers holidays they cannot get elsewhere, we’ve been working to ensure that more hotels than ever are being offer exclusively by Thomson to our customers in the UK. This is the way the business has been taking for a few years, as we have found that when we are able to work more closely with hoteliers, we are able to tailor the hotels around our customers. I am confident that our customers will really appreciate this move, as it will mean that their hotels are more in tune with their needs and wants.”

Thomson 787 Dreamliner

Thomson Airways, the airline for Thomson and First Choice , is the UK’s first airline to take delivery of Boeing’s new 787 aircraft – the Dreamliner. From 1st May 2013, holidaymakers heading to Cancun, Mexico and Sanford, Florida from Manchester, London Gatwick, East Midlands and Glasgow will have the opportunity to travel on the brand-new aircraft.

Hailed as the greatest advance in air travel for passengers in recent years, the Dreamliner will revolutionise air travel for Thomson Airways customers through significant advances in in-flight comfort and wellbeing. The new Dreamliner routes will be included in the Florida and Faraway Shores brochures.

Holidays only from Thomson
From May 2013, 90% of Thomson’s holidays will be available Only from Thomson to UK customers. By increasing the number of properties offered exclusively by Thomson in the UK, we hope to be able to offer customers the best holidays in the market. The hotels have been handpicked by our product and purchasing teams, further to customer feedback, and Thomson will be working with hoteliers to ensure that all of our hotels are tailored exactly to our customers’ needs.

Sensatori and Thomson Couples Hotels
Due to popular demand Thomson can announce the latest addition to the Sensatori Collection, with the launch of Sensatori Turkey located in Sorgun. The brand-new beachfront hotel will have five a la carte restaurants, including a traditional Turkish restaurant and fine dining options, specially zoned adults and family zones, a beachside location and a world class spa. Prices start from GBP649pp

Thomson Couples is introducing six new hotels to its collection for Summer 2013. Thomson Couples has proved very popular amongst customers looking for adult only holidays, staying in chic, beachfront locations and offering real relaxation. The4T Vilamendhoo Couples Resort & Spa, in the Maldives and the 5T RIU PalaceMacao, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic will be the long haul additions to the programme. These properties will feature in the Faraway Shores brochure.

Closer to home, the 4T+ Iberotel Palace in Sharm el Sheikh, the 4T Los Gigantes in Tenerife, the 4T Medulin in Croatia, and 5T Atlantic Kalliston in Crete, have also become part of the Thomson Couples collection, due to their top dining scenes, contemporary style and great settings. Another first for Thomson Couples is the Couples Cruise, onboard the 4T Nile Legacy in Luxor. The luxury ship sails past the Niles iconic sights and will be bookable on a full board basis.

Thomson Family Resorts is also adding to its programme, introducing three new hotels. They include the 4T Golden Taurus Resort in Costa Brava which has non-stop activities and fantastic family facilities; the 4T Sirenis Club Aura in Ibiza, which is close to the beach and has its own splash park; and the 4T Coral Sea Aqua Club that has three swimming pools and an on-site waterpark. These mid and short haul properties will all feature in the Summer Collection brochure.

New destination: Costa Almeria

Finally Thomson will be introducing the Mainland Spain destination of Costa Almeria to its Summer 2013 programme. Costa Almeria was chosen as destination thanks to its fantastic beaches, ideal for families. Thomson Airways will operate weekly flights from Manchester Airport throughout the summer season. The Costa Almeria programme will be featured in the Summer Collection brochure.

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