NatEx reports growing interest in coach holidays

National Express is reporting signs of growing confidence from the ‘grey pound’ in their ability to start to travel again in 2021.

The package coach holiday division of National Express, which includes Lucketts Travel and Woods Tours, has seen a 185% increase in bookings for Spring and Summer 2021 compared to figures for 2020 (pre-Covid).

Jit Desai, head of holidays and travel at National Express, explains: “98% of our customer base is over 65 and we’ve seen an increased appetite for travel in the last week or two with an uplift in enquiries and bookings every time there’s been an announcement about new vaccine approvals and the roll-out programme.

“Some are telling us that they’ve already had their jab and can’t wait to go on holiday once guidance allows again”

“Some of this is postponed travel carried over from last year. But there’s definitely a trend of customers being comfortable that they will have had their vaccination and be protected from Spring onwards, so can start to make travel plans. Some are telling us that they’ve already had their jab and can’t wait to go on holiday once guidance allows again. ”

Lucketts Travel and Woods Tours provide package coach holidays across the UK and Europe which include accommodation, meals, excursions and return coach travel. They are currently taking bookings for travel from May onwards.

The top ten most popular UK destinations for 2021 bookings to date are:

  • The Cotswolds
  • Isle of Wight
  • York
  • The Lake District
  • North Wales
  • The Isle of Man
  • Northumbria
  • Isles of Scilly
  • Scotland
  • Cornwall

Jit said: “Customers are telling us that they are choosing the UK because of the uncertainty around international travel and flights. They are worried about the possibility of cancellations and the potential that they may have to quarantine on return to the UK.”

National Express is offering the option of £1 deposits and a no-quibble 100% refund, or a free transfer to another departure date of the customers’ choice if their holiday is cancelled due to Covid-19.

Jit said: “This flexibility has been an important part of our discussions when customers are making enquiries and bookings, along with the details of the covid-secure measures we have put in place.”

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