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Groups going great guns

22nd October 2010


just for groups! has reported a ‘cracking’ year for 2010, with tours being arranged with increasing numbers of organisers.

The Superdeals! bargain holidays have sold particularly well so the latest issue of Go Travelling features another Superdeal! offer, this time in Weston-super-Mare.

The five-day Weston Winter Warmers coach holiday costs from £99 per person, or £89 for four days – which compares pretty well with the kind of prices seen back in 1990!


Sales director Harold Burke wrote about how prices of today compared with back in 1990 in his regular column for Discover Britain for Groups.

Back in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released, we had poll tax riots and the inventor of the internet, Tim Berners-Lee, was still working on the World Wide Web. 

A loaf of bread cost half what it does now, petrol was 40p a litre instead of £1.20, and the average house price was £65,000...about a third of today’s average.

Groups could buy a five-day UK coach holiday for £99 – just as they can now!  


Popular tours for groups in 2010 include Picturesque Provence and Lavish Loire Valley, along with all-inclusives to Majorca and Tenerife, the home pick-ups on cruises and UK cruises.

The latest issue of the just for groups! newsletter Go Travelling also features a report from Alf Evans, of Shefford Leisure Group, about the Rivers of Wine cruise in Germany this summer.


There’s also news from another group organiser, Wallace Giddings, about a remarkable coincidence.

While staying at the Grand Ash in Llandudno, he bumped into a guest celebrating his 90th birthday, who recognised Wallace.

It turned out they had served together on HMS Attacker in 1943 – along with 700 other sailors. 


Meanwhile, the groups team and our own Daunceys Hotel in Weston-super-Mare came to the rescue of a group from the Midlands who had faced the prospect of their holiday being ruined.

A group from the Royal Naval Association in Bloxwich in the West Midlands had booked originally with McColls, which collapsed in August.


The agency they had booked with, Door2Tour, appealed to the Old Bakery for help, and at very short notice another holiday was arranged for the 25-strong group.

The group enjoyed a five-night break at Daunceys, departing just five days after they found out their original holiday had been lost. 


Picture caption: Daunceys Hotel in Weston-super-Mare



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