Disneyland Paris overcharges British tourists

British families are being charged 60 per cent more than the French for Disneyland Paris park tickets.

The park’s French site offers special discount offers which aren’t available to customers on the English version.

British customers who try and buy tickets via the French site are blocked from purchasing them, if their credit card is not registered to a French address.

A French family of four (two adults and two child) for 142 euros (£119) could get day passes to Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios, taking advantage of an offer allowing children under 12 free entry.

However British families are unable to access this offer and are made to pay £192 for the same tickets, a massive 62 per cent more.

Another offer allows French customers to buy a one-day ticket allowing them entry to one park for 44 euros (£37) each, and the price remains the same for both adults and children.

But for British customers similar tickets would cost £50 for adults and £35 for children.

This means that a French family of two adults and a child would only pay 132 euros (£111) whereas the same British family would pay £145, 30 per cent more.

Bob Atkinson, travel expert at price comparison site moneysupermarket.com, said that British families expect to access the same deals as the French.

“It is understandable that Disney is marketing itself in different markets, but consumers will be scratching their heads and asking why they cannot buy these cheaper tickets when if they had a friend in France they could get the same thing for much less”.

A spokesman for Disneyland Paris said: “We strive to offer all our visitors the best value and flexibility when booking a trip to Disneyland Paris, with a wide range of promotions available to suit visitors’ different needs.

“A variety of promotions are offered at different times of the year to each market to reflect the local needs. In the case of the UK market the most popular promotions are those combining accommodation and/or travel plus park tickets”.

He revealed that a recent UK exclusive promotion offered customers up to 50 per cent off hotel and park tickets, and children under 12 received free accommodation and park tickets.

Article by Charlotte Greenhalgh

Brit’s are choosing quality over quantity when it comes to this years breaks

Online Hotel Provider Sees Increase in DomesticBookings at the Expense of Europe With bookings for the summer holidays ramping up over May and June, the travel experts at Octopustravel.com have noticed a trend in customers trading up to hotels that are 3* and above, with 90% of customers now opting for this quality of stay. This trend is also countered by the increase in short term stays as opposed to longer breaks which are experiencing a dip in bookings. It seems that Brits are looking for better quality stays at the expense of longer trips, perhaps still conscious of the ongoing economic pressures, with one night stays seeing a significant increase of more than 10% on last years figures.

To avoid costly international travel with expensive taxes inflating prices even further, Brits are also choosing to stay closer to home. In fact, Octopustravel.com has experienced an increase of nearly 15% on UK bookings in comparison to this time last year. Potentially encouraged by recent sunny spells and Mediterranean temperatures, Octopustravel.com has seen a significant boost in UK city breaks targeting cities such as Leeds, London, Liverpool, York and Birmingham. Looking at the opposite end of the scale, Italy has seen the biggest drop in customers booking through the site, with a 6% drop in sales.

Kevin Currie of Octopus Travel said: “It’s really interesting to see how British consumers are changing their spending patterns and prioritising quality over the length of their holidays. With our recently launched up to 50% off summer sale we hope to help out Brits this summer by providing our customers with hotels which don’t break the bank, but also match their expectations for the quality of properties they want to stay in.”

The only exception to the rule appears to be trips to the United States which have experienced a small amount of growth. With the pound continuing to strengthen against the dollar, this may be helping to boost revenue stateside.

Survey Shows Brits are Worriers — Even When on Holiday

Britain is a nation of worriers, even when we are relaxing on our holidays, according to research carried out by YouGov for Bristol Airport.

Britain is a nation of worriers, even when we are relaxing on our holidays, according to research carried out by YouGov for Bristol Airport.

Only 15 per cent of those polled were worry-free when on holiday, whilst others admit to concerns over losing their passport or travel documents (44 per cent), lost or delayed luggage (43 per cent), missing flights (32 per cent) or their house being burgled (30 per cent).

Over one in ten (12 per cent) confessed to worrying about their car being broken into or stolen while away, with Yorkshire travellers (15 per cent) most anxious about their motors. By contrast, South West holidaymakers were less concerned about car crime, with only 7 per cent worrying about their car being broken into or stolen in their absence. South Westerners also worry less about lost luggage (33 per cent) than those in any other region.

More men (17 per cent) than women (13 per cent) are worry-free when on holiday, with women more likely to fret about their family or friends being taken ill (30 per cent compared to 23 per cent) or pets being ill or going missing (17 per cent compared to 11 per cent).

Simon Preece, Head of Retail at Bristol Airport, said:
“It is a shame that so many of us waste time worrying when we should be relaxing and enjoying our holidays. We can’t prevent people from worrying about their pets or their passports, but we can help give peace of mind to those concerned about car crime.

“Parking at Bristol Airport is safe, convenient and competitively priced. By booking online in advance, holidaymakers can save themselves some stress this summer.”