More than half of Tui UK customers (57%) expect to book a Mediterranean beach holiday for next summer.

The operator projects greater demand for summer 2022 as people want to ‘make up’ for not being able to go away this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This comes as 86% of customers surveyed in September said they expect to have gone on holiday again by next summer – demonstrating growing appetite for post-pandemic travel.

Greece is the “standout destination” of choice based on current bookings for next summer, with Turkey, Egypt, Mexico and the Dominican Republic also popular.

Latest patterns indicate these trends could continue into 2022, according to the company as it released winter 2021-22 holidays ahead of the summer 2022 programme going on sale from November 5.

The summer 2022 proposition includes “thousands” of free child places, low deposits starting at £75 per person and zero deposits on direct debit bookings made online.

A total of 62 destinations feature for summer 2022 from 16 UK airports.

Teesside airport departures return for the first time since 2013 with weekly Tuesday flights to Palma from May 10, 2022.

The service will also access four Marella Cruises itineraries by Marella Discovery on sale from December 2020.

Tui claims an upward trend in 4 and 5-star all-inclusive hotel bookings for next summer, with more than 40% of customers surveyed expressing this preference.

This includes properties which offer villas or room options with private pools and accommodation, as families in particular seek the security of being able to maintain their ‘bubble’.

The company will be offering 233 different options in 155 hotels for this growing category in summer 2021 and expects this trend to continue for the following summer.

In the same vein, 18% of customers surveyed said they would look to book a villa holiday with car hire included, making social distancing easier on holiday.

Tui is offering 150 villas with flights and car hire included for summer 2021 and 2022 in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, mainland Spain, Portugal, Italy and Florida.  

Florida is also expected  to continue to prove popular as many families moved their trip from this year to 2021, with 40% of holidays to the destination already sold.

Families typically book Florida holidays well in advance, so placing summer 2022 on sale now will help customers plan, according to Tui.

With on-going travel corridor uncertainty for some favourite destinations this winter, many have already booked for winter 2021-22, with strong demand for Cancun, Jamaica and Tenerife out of 52 destinations on sale.

The launch, which expands on Tui’s winter 2020 offering, sees  new routes to Boa Vista in Cape Verde from Stansted and  Doncaster Sheffield airport, as well as increased frequency on a number of existing routes.

Commercial and business development director Richard Sofer said: “Our latest customer survey and booking patterns for next summer indicate that the great British public are looking forward to future holidays even more so as they may have been unable to take one this year.

“This is why we have launched our future holiday programmes through to the end of October 2022, so that families and couples alike can plan ahead to next year and beyond to make informed choices about what will make their perfect holiday from the wide range we have on offer.”