Round-up 22.02.18

Intrepid breaks new ground by targeting single-parent clients

Gary Noakes

INTREPID TRAVEL is claiming an industry fi rst by targeting the market for single parents and their children with a range of packages. Six tours aimed specifi cally at

the UK’s two million solo parents have been introduced in a move the operator says is “long overdue”. “You only need to look at family

holiday packages widely advertised by the travel industry to see they cater for two parents and two children,” said Dyan McKie, Intrepid’s family trips brand manager and a single mother herself. “In many ways, this assumption

is archaic and doesn’t refl ect today’s families. The travel industry caters for so many niche groups but solo parents have been ignored for too long.” The operator says that 16% of its family bookings were from single parents and their children in the year ending September 2017. Anecdotally, Intrepid is experiencing increased enquiries and requests from solo parents. “Our existing family trips have been increasingly popular with solo parents as they allow children to bond and form their own friendships, meaning that parents can enjoy some

MIDDLE EAST Hayes & Jarvis programme adds Egypt and Morocco

HAYES & Jarvis has added Morocco and Egypt to its Middle East programme, combining them into one brochure for the fi rst time. The 2018-19 Middle East & North Africa programme features more than 20 fi ve-star hotels from brands including Shangri-La and Kempinski and a series of “48 hours in…” guides with expert tips from the operator’s destination specialists.

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Some packages make use of the Middle East’s location as an ideal stopover en route to the Indian Ocean, the Far East or beyond. An example is the 10-night twin

centre to Doha and the Maldives from £2,149pp. This includes three nights with breakfast at the Shangri-La Hotel Doha and seven nights for the price of fi ve at the fi ve-star Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

in the Maldives. The off er includes a complimentary upgrade to all-inclusive in the Maldives and return fl ights from Heathrow. The operator also off ers a

seven-night escorted tour of Jordan from £1,809pp. It features Amman, Petra, Aqaba and the Dead Sea and includes transfers, entrance fees, a jeep ride in Wadi Rum plus international fl ights.


WARNER WOODLAND LODGES Warner Leisure Hotels has opened 16 Woodland Lodges at Lakeside Coastal Village. They are available for stays from May and feature Wi-Fi and 43-inch TVs. Prices are from £299pp based on two sharing with a half-board package.

ANDALUCIA AGENT OFFER Agents can earn a £20 Love2shop voucher for every Super Break “Authentic Andalucia” package to Seville. Departures include Norwich on March 5, Derry on March 16 and Newquay on March 23. Prices start from £549pp and include fl ights, accommodation, transfer and two excursions.

Intrepid Travel is catering for single parents

much-deserved rest and relaxation,” she added.

The new trips are to Costa Rica, Thailand, northern India, Egypt, Vietnam and Morocco, destinations Intrepid says were chosen to make it easier for solo parents with children to travel to without feeling intimidated. Egypt leads in at £725 per adult

and £652 per child based on two sharing a twin room. The nine-day itinerary includes Cairo; an overnight train to Aswan; a felucca cruise from Luxor; and a beach stay at Hurghada. The price includes breakfast plus two lunches and fi ve dinners. The 15-day Costa Rica itinerary

leads in at £2,235 per adult and £2,011 per child sharing accommodation. It includes activities such as white- water rafting, horse riding, hiking through jungle to waterfalls and zip lining. Clients will experience the waterways of Tortuguero National Park to seek out monkeys and turtles by foot and boat. Intrepid has also launched new 2018 family itineraries, including an eight-day Bali Family Holiday designed specifi cally for teenagers, a Tanzania Family Safari and an eight- day trip in Mexico, which includes beaches, forests, lost ruins and colonial townships.

HAVEN WEEKLY PRIZES Haven is off ering agents the chance to win weekly prizes including a family break for four at selected Haven parks, an Easter- themed hamper and other Easter treats. To enter the weekly draws, agents must make a Haven booking between February 19 and March 18 for travel during the Easter period of March 30 to April 13.

SUNVIL AZORES PACKAGES Sunvil is featuring packages to the Azores from Manchester on the new Ryanair fl ight to the islands’ capital Ponta Delgada. A week’s bed and breakfast in the capital costs from £630pp. The fl ight will operate from June to September.

CUBA COUPLES DISCOUNT Cuba Direct has cut £440 off the price of a couples’ package for bookings made this month. The total price of the 11-night deal now comes to £1,738 for two. The customisable deal includes Cuba’s capital city Havana, the old town of Trinidad, the rural Vinales area and a beach stay at Cayo Santa Maria.

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