The Balearics continued to be the most popular destination this summer for Tui Travel operators Thomson and First Choice.

However, Bulgaria saw 21% growth in the number of holidaymakers taken by the sister operators over last summer with trendy Croatia seeing a 17% increase year-on-year.

Thomson and First Choice also saw a sudden spike in last-minute bookings in the first week of August due heavy rain and unseasonal weather in the UK.

The month also saw a surge in short break bookings, with three and four-night breaks up 150% on last summer.

Thomson Cruises’ six ships carried more than 195,000 passengers to 117 ports of call over the summer.

The ships, including the latest addition to the fleet, Tui Discovery 2 served more than 5,300 litres of ice cream and 56,070 litres of beer, used 100,330 tea bags and went through 1,180kg of coffee – each week.

Thomson Airways’ aircraft spent more than 41,000 hours in the air jetting millions of holidaymakers away, which equates to flying around the world more than 600 times.

The airline’s fleet of 64 aircraft made more than 5,400 return flights to summer holiday destinations.

More than 4,200 hours of entertainment was provided across ten First Choice holiday villages.

Experts at First Choice trained over 3,800 people at its football academies and kept more than 17,000 children amused in its kids’ clubs.

Thomson taught more than 2,300 children to swim this summer since the introduction of new swim schools at 13 of its Tui Family Life resorts.

Product director Mark Hall said: “This has been another great summer for our resort teams and the statistics are mind boggling – with over 17,000 children being entertained at our First Choice kids clubs and over 40,000 spa treatments being given.

“With unpredictable weather expected to continue into September and the end of the school summer holidays now upon us, Thomson, First Choice and Thomson Cruises’, are waving goodbye to summer and it’s now full steam ahead to winter holidays.”