Reuters reports that TUI Travel, which owns Thomson and First Choice, said it now had fewer holidays left to sell than at this stage last year. It said year-on-year summer holiday sales were up 6% in northern Europe, 5% higher in central Europe and 2% up in western Europe.
"We remain on track to meet our full year expectations, with strong underlying trading offset by the impact of re-translation of fourth quarter Eurozone earnings," chief executive Peter Long said in a statement.
"Our continued outperformance in a challenging macroeconomic environment demonstrates our robust strategy is delivering clear results."
TUI Travel is expected to report an average pretax profit of £356.3M for the year to the end of September, according to a Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S poll of 16 analysts.
The FTSE 100 company said although it was relatively early in the booking cycle, winter 2012/13 sales had been encouraging since August with load factors in line with its expectations.
Winter holiday sales had been especially strong in northern and central Europe, it said.
The company said it was outperforming competitors in Britain, helping to offset weaker trading in France.
Shares in TUI Travel, which have risen 40 percent in the last three months valuing the group at around £2.6Bn.