Economic Slowdown Forcing Parents to Consider School Term Holidays

The downturn in the economy is forcing many UK parents to consider the option of taking their children on holiday during the school term, and thereby take advantage of lower holiday rates.

A survey conducted by Mintel, a market research company, has suggested that around half of those British parents polled are seriously considering taking their children out of school for a term time break in order to enjoy a cheaper holiday, even though the government has registered its disapproval of parents that do so.

The slowdown in the UK economy is forcing six out of ten families to cut back on family holidays as the rising cost of living cuts into household budgets.

Tom Rees, the senior travel and tourism analyst at Mintel, said, ‘The balance of opinion clearly indicates that the majority of parents are prepared to take children out of school. This suggests opportunities for companies to directly market non-peak family holidays, pushing the fact that going in term time will be cheaper. This is especially the case as cost concerns are clearly strong in the current economic climate.

Any company doing so, risks the wrath of the government, which (the government) is clearly determined to reduce instances of children being taken out of school for holidays.’

Previously, the UK government has said that it was considering implementing a tougher system of fines for parents who regularly take their children on vacation during term-time. If the new rules are implemented, parents may face penalties of up to £120, which is double the current fine of £50 to £60.

Jet2holidays Introduces New 2013 Summer Family Vacation Brochure

Jet2holidays, a UK-based holiday company and subsidiary of Jet2.com airline, has launched its first family brochure.

The new brochure includes complimentary child places on a number of family packages and complimentary accommodation and food for infants. The free child places include a 22kg baggage allowance for flights.

The new summer 2013 brochure includes 86 new hotels that have been added to the company’s portfolio, which increases its collection of hotels by around 50 percent from those on offer in the 2012 brochure.

The company is offering families a choice of 17 destinations for stays at 40 family friendly European resorts. The resorts on offer have one or more special amenities for children, including kids club programmes, dedicated play areas, family rooms and beachfront locations. Holiday package prices commence from GBP275 per person.

Single parent families are offered reduced rates at certain hotels, as well as an additional GBP50.00 discount off their holiday when booking before October 31, 2012.

Steve Heapy, the company managing director, said, ‘As a father myself, I know that travelling with children takes a lot of additional thought. Planning a holiday with little ones in tow can be a stressful time for parents, because they want to ensure they have chosen a resort the whole family will enjoy. With this dedicated brochure, Jet2holidays has made it easier for people to make the right decision by cherry picking a range of the most suitable hotels. Parents can relax knowing they have selected a holiday by experts who understand the key ingredients that make a family holiday so memorable.’

 

It’s Spring Break: take the kids to Italy

Make ancient Rome and Renaissance art come alive for your children with TourCrafters’ Spring Break package to Rome and Florence. It’s a better investment than a trip to Disney World.

The package – for 2 adults and 1 child up to 16 in a triple room – costs US$1,049 per adult and US$720 per child. For 2 adults and 2 children – in adjoining doubles in Rome and a large suite with queen and two singles in Florence – the price is US$1,209 per adult and US$830 per kid. These prices include air fare from New York, 4 nights’ accommodation at the 4-star Hotel Michelangelo in Rome, 4 nights at the 4-star Hotel Rivoli in Florence, 8 buffet breakfasts, arrival transfer, Hop On Hop Off tour of Rome, Eurostar train ticket, free ice cream for kids in each city, and a special kit, Florence guidebook, and restaurant discount for kids. Prices are valid from March 1 to 31, 2012.

This is the perfect opportunity to introduce the kids to the Italian lifestyle – not to mention authentic pizza, pasta, and gelato – as well as showing them the Roman Forum, Colosseum, catacombs, St. Peter’s, and other highlights of the Eternal City. They’ll enjoy the high-speed Eurostar train to Florence, and be amazed by Michelangelo’s David, the Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s cafés, and maybe even a painting or two in the Uffizi.

All prices are per person, double occupancy, are subject to availability and do not include airport taxes of approximately US$100, fuel surcharges of approximately US$460, or city taxes that must be paid directly to the hotels in euros. Add-on air fares from other departure cities are: US$80 from Washington, DC, US$220 from Miami, US$150 from Chicago, and US$260 from Los Angeles.

Reservations must be paid for within 72 hours of booking. For additional information about this and other special Spring Break packages for couples, families, and friends to Italy, France, Spain, and Turkey, visit www.tourcrafters.com . For reservations, call 800-482-5995.