Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Germany's Last Territorial Demand

Thomas Cook have learnt nothing from history and are still appeasing German territorial ambitions according to the BBC news website.

The early morning ritual of draping a beach towel over a coveted sun lounger to reserve it may soon be a thing of the past for some German tourists.

The travel firm Thomas Cook is giving Germans the option of pre-booking their loungers when they choose their next Mediterranean holiday package.

So far, the offer only applies to winter holidays booked in Germany.

Nine hotels have joined the scheme to stop "beach towel wars", which see many Germans accused of hogging loungers.

Reserving a lounger and beach umbrella in advance will cost about three euros (£2.60) a day, on top of the holiday package.

Thomas Cook is offering the option at nine hotels in Turkey, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

For a weekly rate of 49 euros per room a family can reserve one lounger for each person, along with a beach umbrella and their own dining table at six Egyptian hotels.

The offer has only just come out, so it is too early to say how popular it will be, a Thomas Cook statement said.

One of the firm's managers, Peter Fankhauser, said that "with this we're relieving our clients of early morning stress".

He said he too found it "really tiresome" on holiday to be sent out by his wife early in the morning to place beach towels on the desired poolside loungers, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported.

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