BRIEF-TUI Travel upbeat as summer bookings rise

LONDON, March 27 Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:11am EDT

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) - TUI Travel PLC : * Expect to be towards the top end of our guidance of 7 to 10 percent

underlying operating profit growth for 2013 FY * Winter 2012/13 programme ended strongly with improved margins and average

selling prices in key markets * Very strong trading momentum continues into summer 2013. UK and nordic

bookings up 9 percent with higher margins * Strong operational performance over winter means it will deliver reduced

winter losses