Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Jet2 Survey: People to still holiday despite recession talk.

A study by Jet2 has found that people will not be deterred from holidaying despite talk of a double dip recession or the eurozone crisis. The study focused on 2012 plans with 28% of people thinking that a holiday is vital to their wellbeing, while 25% would forego other luxuries in order to have sufficient money to go on holiday.

The survey also found that popular Spanish destinations such as Alicante, Majorca and Malaga will remain popular along with Turkey and Crete. It is also expected that many Brits hope to flee the country during the Olympics with 64% saying that they would like to be on a beach rather than in the UK during this time.

What do you think? Do you see a holiday as a necessity or is it really a luxury to be enjoyed every few years?

Alihoco a FCO 'Know Before You Go' Partner

We are pleased and very proud to announce that Alihoco (The All Inclusive Holiday Company) has been made a partner of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign.

The stated purpose of the partnership is to bring together the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with key travel industry partners to help British nationals stay safe overseas.

Alihoco Managing Director, Tom Warsop said: “We are very proud to be made a partner in this important campaign and we support the FCO aims and messages fully.  The benefits that the ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign can bring to our customers and British tourists in general are vital to happy, trouble free traveling.”

About the Know Before You Go Campaign

Whatever your reason for travelling abroad, you’re sure to want a trouble free trip.  Many of the things that often go wrong for travellers can be prevented or made less stressful by taking a few simple precautions. So it makes sense to spend a little time getting prepared before you travel – you could save yourself a lot of problems later on.

With this in mind, we are working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to help British nationals stay safe abroad. The FCO website (www.fco.gov.uk/travel) offers straightforward travel advice, top tips and up to date country information to help you plan your holiday.

Tips include:

·       Make sure you have valid travel insurance, even if you’re only planning a short trip.
·       Check what vaccinations you need by visiting www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk, your travel health clinic or GP at least 6 weeks before you travel
·       Read up on your destination, including local laws and customs.
·       Make photocopies of your passport, visas and insurance details and leave a copy with a relative or friend at home.

You can also find handy checklists to use before you set off and whilst you’re away. Plus it’s worth reading up on what the local British Consulate can do to help you if you run into problems abroad – and what they can’t do.

For all this and more information, visit the FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk/travel. Or if you prefer, call the 24 hour FCO travel advice line on 0845 850 2829

Huge holiday complex planned for Magaluf


Plans have been unveiled for a 'super-modern hotel' complex in Magaluf, Majorca. The complex is to be named the Sol Cavia Resort and will be implemented on land occupied by existing hotels after planning was granted for the complex. The work is to begin in winter 2012.

Jaime Martinez, the advisor of the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of Spain thinks that the project could be 'ideal' for the environment and investors as it will use existing hotel space.

The new resort will incorporate several functions including hotels, tourist attractions and shopping areas and hope that it will be the catalyst for an improvement to Magaluf which has been in decline in recent years. The projected costs for the resort is €130-140m and will be undertaken by Melia Hotel's the largest operator in Spain. Itwill be designed for 5000 people in total at the peak season.

The move is clearly good for Magaluf in the short term and the jobs that it will provide. I just hope that these large chains don't borrow too much to finance these projects and to exacerbate a culture of projects with the assistance of vast loans.