Thomson Sport Euro 2012 Enquiries Soar

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Thomson Sport Sees UEFA EURO 2012™ Enquiries Soar

With just under 200 days until UEFA EURO 2012™ Thomson Sport has seen an 80% increase in enquiries compared to the equivalent period before the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship.

As Licensed Tour Operator for UEFA EURO 2012™, Thomson Sport will be operating the England and Republic of Ireland fan travel programmes to Poland and Ukraine.

Although travel packages will not be on sale until after the draw for the final tournament on 2nd December, Thomson Sport has already had a large number of fans pre-registering their interest to ensure they are among the first to find out full details.

Marc Bennett, Managing Director of TUI Travel PLC's Sport Division, which includes Thomson Sport, said, "We have seen unprecedented demand for this event and we look forward to ensuring fans see and live the full tournament experience. The advantage of booking with Thomson Sport, a fully bonded tour operator, is that we can offer security, local representation and knowledge. We have a proven track record at a variety of sporting events so fans will be able to relax knowing they are in experienced and trusted hands."

More than 1.4 million supporters are expected to travel to Poland and Ukraine for the 14th UEFA European Football Championship between 8 June and 1 July 2012. There will be a total of 31 matches held in eight stadiums – Gdansk, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw in Poland and Donetsk, Lviv, Kharkiv and Kyiv in Ukraine. This will be the last time just 16 teams compete in the final tournament as the number is set to increase to 24 in 2016.

England and Republic of Ireland fans wishing to travel to UEFA EURO 2012™ can register their interest through the Thomson Sport website www.thomsonsport.com


About Thomson Sport:

TUI Travel's Sport Division is part of the Specialist & Activity Sector of TUI Travel PLC.  The Sport Division, which includes Thomson Sport, is a unique collection of some of the most established sports travel & event brands in the world. The division specialises in delivering exceptional services and logistics to major worldwide sporting events for fans, teams, clubs and sponsors. Appointments include official Travel Agent for Rugby World Cup 2011, British & Irish Lions Tours, Ashes Series, ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC World Twenty20, ICC Official Tour Provider, Rugby World Cup Sevens, Hong Kong Sevens, Participating Tour Operator for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, Official Overseas Travel Provider for englandfans, The FA's official supporters club and Travel Provider for UEFA Under 21 Championships 2009, Wimbledon Championship and The British Grand Prix. Companies in the portfolio include www.gulliverstravel.co.uk, www.thomsonsport.com, www.sportsworld.co.uk, www.eventsinternational.co.uk, www.sportabroad.co.uk, www.thefanatics.com, www.williment.co.nz and www.astsports.com.au.

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