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Anchors aweigh: The UK Holiday Group seals partnership with naval shipmates

3rd February 2014

The UK Holiday Group has joined forces with the Conference of Naval Associations (CONA) to offer a tailored holiday service to its thousands of members.

CONA is a loose federation of like-minded naval associations which offers membership benefits – which now include discounts on holidays and other travel services with The UK Holiday Group.

And CONA itself will benefit as The UK Holiday Group will make a donation to the association for every holiday that is booked.


Harold Burke, sales director at The UK Holiday Group, said: “We have more than 30 years of experience in the travel sector, arranging holidays for groups and individuals, and we specialise in the over-55s market.

“It means we can offer great deals and tailored services for CONA members – who not only receive a great price but also know that their bookings help boost CONA coffers!

“There are currently 20 associations under the growing CONA umbrella, and thousands of members, so their bookings can potentially be worth tens of thousands of pounds in donations to CONA.”


Paul Quinn OBE, general secretary of the Royal Naval Association and chairman of the CONA Working Group, added: “The feedback we have had about this new service is very good.

“Already we have made arrangements for The UK Holiday Group to transport hundreds of our members to a service to launch the new Navy Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, which coincides with the Royal Naval Association AGM in Coventry. 

“Later in the year, the group is providing transport for the Association of Wrens (Women of the Royal Naval Services) National Reunion in Warwick.

“There are lots of offers planned for our members to enjoy short breaks based around these events, as well as other reunions, AGMs and themed days and holidays.”


For offers and services for CONA members, call 0844 2642120 or email:, or see the website

For CONA groups (10 or more people), call the Group Travel Hotline on 0844 2642122.  


For details about The UK Holiday Group, call 01603 886 700,, or see the website




Notes for Editors:

The UK Holiday Group was founded in 1984 by Paul Bennett and now carries more than 100,000 people a year.

Brands within the group include over-55s specialist Grand UK Holidays; group travel specialist just for groups!; Glenton Holidays, catering for mature holidaymakers in Scotland and North East England; Door to Door, offering coach tours from the North West; and Grand UK Hotels.

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