Feeling festive with Grand UK Holidays
14th July 2014
It may only be mid-July but Grand UK Holidays is already selling out of some of its most popular UK festive breaks.
The over-55s specialist has one of the biggest ranges of festive short breaks in Britain, and takes more than 5,000 customers away each festive season.
Its latest brochure – covering winter 2014-15 – features more than 30 new options, including Turkey & Tinsel breaks, Christmas holidays and New Year escapes.
Sales for the 12-month period from 1 November 2014 are already more than 10% ahead year-on-year, reflecting the growing consumer confidence seen in several tourism surveys.
Harold Burke, sales director, said: “We expected a flurry of bookings for our festive breaks when our new winter brochure came out in June, and that certainly has been the case.
“We even included some festive breaks in our summer 2014 brochure (released in September 2013) to cater for early booking demand and saw almost 20% of our capacity sold within the first few months of release – and this is in part why sales for 2015 are buoyant.”
Several departure dates for festive tours have already sold out, and those with extras such as pantomimes are proving to be particularly popular.
Harold added: “Our ever-popular short break to see the Thursford Christmas Spectacular, along with other sights in Norfolk, is selling out already so further departures will have to be added to our programme to cater for demand.”
He continued: “More than 5,000 customers join us each year to celebrate the season of goodwill and our seasonal range expands every winter.
“These holidays particularly appeal to solo travellers, who appreciate travelling with like-minded folk – and the fact that we don’t charge single supplements on mainland UK holidays.
“Our brochure highlights hotels with lots of single rooms as this is a key factor for many solo travellers, which make up almost 50% of our customer base at Christmas.”
“And coach tours are particularly popular at Christmas time as customers can enjoy a festive tipple without worrying about driving!”
See www.grandukholidays.com or call 01603 619933 for more details.