GLENTON Holidays has launched a unique range of cruise-and-coach tour options in its new ‘Summer Collection’ 2010 brochure.
One of Scotland’s largest, fully-bonded ABTA coach holiday specialists, it aims for further growth this year after taking away record numbers during a bumper 2009.
Innovative options such as the cruise-and-coach tours – taking customers on a Loch Lomond tour, a cruise from Scotland to Liverpool, and a coach touring holiday of England – mean there are more holiday choices than ever before, all with local departure points and free insurance.
Other new holidays include ‘Battlefields of France & Belgium’ (five days, £299) and ‘Grand UK Tour’ (11 days, £699).
Holidaymakers will have the chance to meet the Glenton team and celebrate the annual unveiling of the summer holiday collection on an overnight break in a mystery location (two days, £25).
Commercial director, Steve Turbill, said: “There can’t be many holiday firms with such loyal clients who like to join us to mark the launch of our new brochure!
“We listen very closely to comments from our holidaymakers and many of their ideas for new trips are included in the latest brochure.
“Our ever-increasing range means there are always new options for our regular customers, some of whom take several trips a year with us, and plenty to tempt new Glentoneers.”
Glasgow-based Glenton Holidays saw bookings for 2009 rise by 35 per cent to more than 40,000 – and further expansion is set for 2010.
Steve added: “Sadly, we’ve seen several Scottish holiday companies fold over the past year, which is a reflection of the troubles faced by the travel trade.
“However, we cater for mature travellers, who have been less affected by the downturn, and we have a range of attractive, affordable holidays so have been able to keep growing, and recruiting new staff, despite the recession.”
The demand for good value holidays has seen the introduction of ‘Nice Price’ holidays for 2010, such as a three-day holiday at the Spittal of Glenshee Hotel from £109, and five days in Blackpool from £179.
The operator’s ‘Good Companions’ programme for solo travellers has seen new trips added, such as an outing to see a show by Glaswegian comedienne Dorothy Paul (£35), and a two-day party break (£59).
Glenton has also expanded the range of holidays it offers in partnership with Warner Leisure Hotels (five days, from £199).
Operations director, Harriet Stamp, added: “Our domestic coach tours offer Scottish travellers the chance to see every corner of the UK – from John O’Groats to Land’s End – while our overseas options offer opportunities to relax in the Med or see the classic sights of Europe.
“We also feature ocean and river cruises, self-drive tours and even scenic train journeys, so we’re able to cater for all tastes and budgets.
“Thanks to feedback and suggestions from our customers, we’ve produced a 2010 brochure that offers an unrivalled range of great holidays.”
To book, call free on 08000 24 24 24 or see www.glentonholidays.com.
Notes for editors:
Glenton Holidays was founded in 2005 by coach industry executives, Paul Bennett, Harriet Stamp and Steve Turbill.
Steve and Harriet both came from senior roles in the coach holiday business, and Paul established coaching specialist The UK Holiday Group in 1984.
Glenton has become one of Scotland’s fastest growing coach holiday operators and is recognised as the only main coach specialist in Scotland to be a bonded member of ABTA.
Based in Glasgow, it offers coach tours, holidays by air, self-drive holidays and cruises to holidaymakers in Scotland and North East England, plus the ‘Good Companions’ programme for solo travellers.
Glenton’s turnover in 2008 was £5.5m and it carried more than 40,000 passengers in 2009.
• 08000 24 24 24 or see www.glentonholidays.com.
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