Door2Tour.com Reports a Record Breaking July 2010By Door2tour.com, PRNE
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Door2Tour.com Reports Record Breaking Sales for July 2010 Amidst a Booming Year for Coach Holidays
AYLESFORD, England, August 16, 2010 - Door2Tour has announced record breaking sales for July 2010, despite an
unstable few months for the travel industry.
With companies such as TUI Travel and Thomas Cook seeing their profits
nose-diving and the collapse of tour operator Goldtrail Holidays, the travel
industry has certainly been suffering over recent months but online coach
holidays (www.door2tour.com/) consolidator Door2Tour.com has bucked
the overall trend by reporting record sales for July 2010. They have seen a
record 63% sales increase for coach holidays in July 2010 compared to the
same period in 2009, despite the current economic downturn and the chaos
surrounding the erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland.
Whilst the likes of Thomas Cook have seen their takings down by 9% for
the 3 months leading up to July, Door2Tour.com has seen booming sales up by
123% compared to 2009, which is mainly due to surges in holiday searches for
both UK Tours and Disney Breaks, with Day Trips seeing the largest increase
of 202%. The surge for UK coach tours & day trips proves that more consumers
are opting for staycations rather than European coach tours, as they are
likely to get a much better deal and possibly avoid unnecessary hassle.
The decline in the allure of Europe is reflected by Door2Tour.com's
decrease of 47% in revenue generated by sales for European tours compared to
2009, likely to be caused by consumers remaining cautious about the Volcanic
Ash incident and preferring to holiday closer to home to avoid a repeat of
the air space chaos during Apr/May 2010. Holidaying in Europe is also proving
to be more expensive for consumers due to the strength of the Euro compared
to the Pound. Factors such as the recurring British Airways cabin crew
strikes, potential strikes by other Airlines, protests by dockworkers in
France as well as the economic unrest & current hostility in Greece have also
made consumers more cautious about holidaying on the Continent.
Kate Glanfield, Web Manager of Door2Tour.com, said: "With the collapse of
tour operators, unresolved disputes with the airlines and the Volcanic Ash
incident still in people's minds, consumers are much more alert to potential
risks when booking a holiday, and coach holidays minimise that risk. UK
search trends for coach holiday related terms on Google are already up on
last year, which just goes to show that more and more consumers are seeing
coach holidays as a reliable way to travel."
In contrast, Door2Tour.com has found that coach operators continue to
enjoy level and even stronger sales compared to 2009, due to coach travel
being a more reliable source of transportation compared to cars, planes &
train; more than 9 million people opt for coach tours compared to any other
holiday. Coach tourism is also one of the UK's biggest travel sectors with
nearly 7 million people booking coach holidays in the UK during 2009.
Kate concluded: "The coach industry is enjoying a booming year with the
likes of operators like Glenton Holidays predicting record bookings. This
area of the travel industry is extremely robust at the moment, with most
operators already focusing their product range on UK tours as standard, which
is where the demand currently is."
Door2Tour.com is a consolidation of national and regional tour operators
creating a diverse choice of UK, European and worldwide touring holidays
including events packages, theatre breaks to London (
www.door2tour.com/theatre-breaks.aspx), Travelsphere holidays
Christmas breaks (www.door2tour.com/festive-breaks.aspx), cruises and
holidays by air to many exciting destinations. All have live availability and
offer the customer the opportunity to book online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a
PR contact: Rachel Jones 14 New Hythe Lane Larkfield Aylesford Kent ME20 6AB UK +44-(0)1732-879138
PR contact: Rachel Jones, 14 New Hythe Lane, Larkfield, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 6AB, UK, +44-(0)1732-879138
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