Holiday trip revenues up 17 per cent

SATUR Travel, Slovakia's largest travel agency, has reported pre-tax profits of Sk7 million for 2001 on sales of Sk760 million. Sales of Satur's products reached Sk534 million, commissions from sales of other agency products totalled Sk7 million and other sales, for example air and bus tickets and tickets for cultural events, reached Sk220 million, said Satur marketing manager Mária Gallová.

Client numbers topped 190,000 last year, an increase of 7,000 year-on-year. The number of clients buying holiday trips abroad increased by 17 per cent to 87,000, while sales from foreign tourism dropped by Sk7.5 million to Sk30.25 million. Clientele in this sector dropped by 500 to 18,460. One thousand fewer Slovaks used Satur to buy domestic holidays, and sales from domestic tourism dropped by Sk9 million to Sk80.3 million.

Turkey and Tunisia were the most popular destinations by air on Satur's offer, while Croatia remained the top destination by bus. The travel agency, which has 48 offices around Slovakia, plans to introduce air transport packages to Montenegro and Egypt.

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