Thomson set to register the busiest Dinky holiday period this September

Thomson, the UK-based holiday company, is set to register the busiest month for child-free holidays, as 190,000 ‘Dinkys’ (Dual Income, No Kids Yet) plan to jet off on holiday this September.

According to a release by the company, September 13 was the busiest day of the ‘Dinky Getaway’ with thousands of couples jetting off for the last of the summer sun. Such holidays are becoming popular with the number of couples jetting off on holidays increasing by ten per cent compared to last year.

In addition to Dinky, Thomson has also seen an increase in those couples who have children but prefer a quieter time by jetting off without their offspring. A recent research by the holiday company has shown that over 34 per cent of parents of children under-18 already take child-free holidays, leaving their kids with ex-partners or other family members.

Luke Gaskins, Head of Product Development & Delivery at Thomson, said: ‘Last year we noticed a significant rise in couples heading off on a Dinky getaway and this year has been no different. As the kids go back to school, September is an ideal time to catch the last of the summer sunshine and take advantage of the quieter beaches, hotels and pools.’

The most popular regional airports for couples departing on Dinky getaways are London Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester, while the top destinations include Cyprus, Majorca and Tenerife.

Thomson has seen a 46 per cent increase in bookings at its Thomson Couples properties in the last two years and recently added three new properties into its Couples programme for summer 2015, bringing the collection to 55 hotels.

Holidaymakers looking for a child-free period prefer seven night durations, on an all-inclusive board basis, with an average cost of a holiday at £1,300 per couple.

Thomson’s holiday deals for couples in September include seven nights in Mexico’s Pacific Coast staying at the 5T Secrets Vallarta Bay Thomson Couples Resort, 14 nights in Mauritius staying at the 4T Ambre Resort and Spa Thomson Couples Resort, seven nights in Crete staying at the 5T Atlantica Kalliston Resort and Spa Thomson Couples Resort, and seven nights in Croatia staying at the 4T+ Kalamota Island Resort by Karisma Thomson Couples Resort.

Brit couples set trend for group holidays

A recent travel survey has revealed that more British couples are opting to book group holidays with family and friends rather than traditional couples’ holidays, say Travelsoon.com.

A new travel study has found that the number of British couples choosing to go on holiday by themselves has fallen by 7% in the last year, while family and group holiday bookings have grown by 12%. The survey, which questioned 1,726 people in relationships in the UK has revealed the start of a new holiday trend for 2011, say travelsoon.com

Luke Nathan of Travelsoon.com says: “This poll has found that more British couples are choosing to holiday with the people closest to them, such as family and friends, with 32% of respondents saying that they would be going on holiday with their family and their partner. A further 26% stated that they were going on holiday with friends and their other half, which compared to just 16% of respondents saying that they are going on holiday with ‘just my partner’ shows that more people are shunning traditional couples’ holidays and opting to make their trip more of a social affair.”

The survey also revealed that some couples are planning on having holidays away from their partner, with 14% saying that they were going on holiday with just friends, and 6% admitting that they were going on holiday with members of their family and not their partner. For those that were going on holiday with their spouse and a group of friends, money was one of the reasons for this decision, with 24% saying that they had paid a lot less booking a holiday as a group rather than as a couple, with all-inclusive holidays to Sharm el Sheikh  and other popular destinations being a major source of savings. This is compared to 11% who said that they were holidaying with their family because that’s what they preferred.

Nathan continues: “The results of this survey are very surprising, because a lot of people assume that going on holiday with your partner is a very popular thing to do these days. However this study shows that the reality is very different for some people, and factors such as cost, and their partner’s availability, show that some travellers either can’t or don’t want to go on holiday with their other half. There are so many holidays available for everyone, and holidays in Tenerife are great for couples, families and friends.”