Jet2holidays registers record demand for package holidays in Summer 2022

Jet2holidays, the UK’s leading tour operator to destinations across the Mediterranean and Canary Islands, has said that it has registered strong bookings for Summer 2022.

According to bookings data from Jet2holidays, more people have already booked for summer sun destination for the year ahead when compared to the same time in previous years. The data also reveals that the company has registered an increase in bookings for package holidays from July, which continues through the rest of the school holidays and Summer 2021.

The data from Jet2holidays also shows that customers are making up for lost holidays during the pandemic by booking 5-star getaways. Further, the company has seen an increase in the number of customers booking a luxury 5-star holiday through its Indulgent Escapes brand. The data shows that all destinations are benefitting from the demand for Summer 2022 holidays, with Turkey, Cyprus and Greece looking particularly popular for next summer.

Jet2holidays will operate a busy programme for Summer 2022, with over 70 sun and city destinations on sale from across its ten UK bases. In response to this strong demand from UK holidaymakers looking to get away next summer, the tour operator has recently announced the launch of flights and holidays to Sardinia and Sicily for Summer 2022.

With the addition of the two Italian islands, there are six brand-new destinations on sale for Summer 2022 with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, in addition to Sardinia and Sicily, including Toulouse, Iceland, Tivat (Montenegro) and Athens. In addition, the companies have also added more flights and holidays to a wide range of popular destinations such as the Canary Islands, Mainland Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘There is a huge desire amongst UK holidaymakers to get away on their holidays and this is clear in the demand for both Summer 21 and Summer 22 holidays. Customers are continuing to look ahead with real confidence and as well as booking in their getaway for this summer, it is clear from the bookings data that they are also looking to secure that all-important holiday for Summer 22, with our ATOL protected package holidays proving to be the perfect fit for them. All the package holiday benefits that customers get through booking with Jet2holidays, combined with the need for people to give themselves something to look forward to, is proving to be extremely attractive and this has fuelled strong demand for Summer 22 package holidays.

‘As ever, we have responded to that demand by adding more destinations to our offering for Summer 22 and putting on additional flights and holidays to our most popular sunshine hotspots. This huge choice, alongside the fact that all our package holidays are ATOL protected and come with award-winning customer experience, means that more people than ever are looking ahead and have already booked that all-important Summer 22 getaway.’

UK travel firms hit by heat wave, shares plunge

As Britain registers its first prolonged heat wave since 2006, travel agents have reported a 25 percent fall in booking for overseas holidays.

According to Steve Endacott, founder of the On Holiday Group, the drop is exactly the same size as the one following the Icelandic ash cloud crisis in 2010. ‘Few of us saw this coming. My personal conclusion is that [the slump] will probably last as long as the heat wave does,’ he reportedly told The Independent.

‘Rather than delaying the booking decision, [the heat wave] may be simply removing customers from the market.’ Endacott said, adding. ‘When a heat wave hits, it’s very tempting to shelve the overseas holiday and just sit in the garden.’

Amid concerns over the impact of the UK heat wave on foreign holiday bookings, the Stock Exchange saw shares in travel firms plunge on Wednesday. Thomson and First Choice owner, Tui Travel, fell as much as 4.5 percent, before closing 2.9 percent lower at GBP3.655, dropping from an all-time high. Thomas Cook slid 2.1 percent to GBP1.426, after earlier losing as much as 3 percent.

Budget airlines easyJet and Ryanair also plunged, with the former dipping GBP0.08 to GBP13.50 in London, and the latter declining EUR0.128 cents to EUR6.95 in Dublin.

‘We understand that there has been some negative impact on late bookings across the scheduled and charter airline space with holiday-goers choosing domestic summer destinations over traditional European sun hot spots,’ Goodbody Stockbrokers expert, Donal O’Neill, said, adding that he had spoken to operators and airlines in both the UK and Ireland to assess the impact on their latest trading.

‘There was broad agreement that a continuation of trend could take some of the froth out of margins,’ he added.

The Independent had earlier reported that the travel industry was expecting better sales of last-minute holidays than last year, when Britons stayed back to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics.

 

UK Tourists Booking in Advance for 2013

January is a popular month for British holidaymakers to plan the coming year’s vacations in advance. With the seasonal festivals finally over, and expenditure accounted for, many British tourists book their holidays in January, to ward off post-festivity depression.

In 2012, around 8.7 million UK adults had booked their holidays for 2012 by February 1. According to Direct Line January sales report, around 8.9 million UK residents are already searching for bargains in 2013, before 2012 is even over.

Thomas Cook, a travel company based in the UK, is reporting that some of the most popular destinations for 2013 are Ibiza, Rhodes, and Cyprus.

Ibiza Town, the capital of Ibiza, is famous for its dance parties, and they draw a huge number of young tourists to the country. It is also a popular venue for the musicians, and DJs of the world, thanks to its musical parties. Ibiza holidays are also suitable for families, individuals, or large groups.

Rhodes, in Greece, is also a venue that offers plenty of sunshine to sun-starved UK holidaymakers. In addition to its active nightlife, the venue is also popular for its historical sites. Travellers are recommended to book well in advance for cheap holidays to Rhodes, to avoid escalating prices and overbooking disappointments.

Cyprus, an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, close to Greece, is also a favourite destination for British travellers in 2013. Cyprus is a member of the EEA (European Economic Area), and as an EEA national, UK residents do not need a visa, and on arriving in the country there is only a short passport or identity card check. Cyprus offers coastal beaches that are set against a mountainous terrain. The country also offers around 50 boutique wineries, as well as bars and restaurants that are open until the early hours of the morning.

Ryan Air reveal secrets to avoiding optional fees

Ryanair yesterday revealed the ‘secrets’ of how to avoid all the airlines optional fees by publishing a free online guide entitled, ‘How Do I Avoid Paying Optional Fees?’. The guide urges passengers to avoid bringing checked in bags, ensure they check-in online to avoid boarding card reissue penalties, and complete their booking with MasterCard Prepaid to avoid administration fees.

Ryanair’s free guide, which is available with a simple click through on the ryanair.com fees page, advises passengers as follows:

·       Admin Fee– avoidable by paying with Ryanair’s recommended MasterCard Prepaid card.
·       Priority Boarding Fee – is avoidable by not selecting this service.
·       Reserved Seating Fee – is avoidable by not selecting this service.
·       Boarding Card Re-issue Fee – is avoidable by presenting your online boarding pass.
·       Checked Bag Fee – is avoidable by travelling with no checked baggage.
·       Excess Baggage Fee – is avoidable by complying with agreed weight limits.
·       Online Check-In Fee – is avoidable by purchasing Ryanair’s lowest advertised promotional fares which include online check-in free of charge.

 

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said:

 “Ryanair’s optional fees are designed to encourage passengers to travel in a low cost way, which enables Ryanair to save costs and pass on these savings through the lowest possible fares to our passengers. We are the only airline to have a detailed fees table easily accessible on our home page and now we have also produced a free guide to avoiding these optional fees – to ensure that all Ryanair passengers know how to avoid them.
At Ryanair we don’t want your fees, we want to change passenger behaviour so that all passengers book their tickets and travel with us in the lowest cost manner which enables Ryanair to sell the lowest priced airfares to our 75m passengers.”

Picking the Perfect Hotel: Should You Choose a Chain or a Boutique?

Hotel occupancy rates are climbing, albeit at a fairly sluggish pace. While this presents a difficult situation for many of the world’s largest accommodation chains, it’s a golden opportunity for low-cost travellers and bargain seekers. In an effort to increase occupancy and boost financial records, many of the world’s most comfortable hotel chains are offering record low prices.

But does that really make a chain hotel a good deal? The majority of international travellers still opt to stay in a major chain hotel, with industry leader Accor noting that despite financial concern, most travellers are still staying in well-known hotels and ‘big brand’ accommodation. With boutique hotel operators gaining ground in many markets, that dominance may soon disappear.

Boutique hotels are often passed over by international travellers due to their limited online visibility and difficulty in catering to major groups. The vast majority of boutique and independent hotels are limited to low-rank placements on major aggregators and travel booking websites, despite offering service that is on par with – if not above – that provided by major five-star chains.

Where are these hotels found, then? On independent tourism websites and private weblogs. Smaller local hotels are typically marketed through word-of-mouth and unsolicited reviews, with blogs and other ‘unconventional’ holiday information sources acting as unofficial third-party marketers. It’s an idea that’s beginning to gain ground – many referral-fuelled independent hotels and expanding.

So before you book into the Sofitel, Intercontinental, or Ritz-Carlton, consider looking at the value offered in an independent hotel. While most travellers associate independently managed hotels with limited quality and low-cost accommodation, there is an increasingly large market for luxury hotels outside of the traditional big-brand architecture.