Coach Holidays - UK - June 2011
"Coach holidays currently face a difficult trading environment as the 2009 ‘staycation’ boost fades and a return to the pre-recession level of overseas breaks remains unlikely. The UK’s ageing population may present opportunities, given operators’ experience in catering to this group, however, as with the wider travel market much depends on the pace of economic recovery and subsequent improvements to consumer spending intentions."
Tom Rees, Senior Travel and Tourism Analyst
A coach holiday is defined as any holiday (eg at least one night spent away from home) that involves coach transport. There are two basic types:
Coach tours: inclusive of accommodation and sold as a ‘package’ (or ‘inclusive tour’); these can be multi-centred or single-centred and usually involve excursions.
Coach transport to and from a holiday destination – thus not including accommodation – using either scheduled services or chartered coaches.
The market size section of this report also includes data on domestic holidays where regular buses/coaches are used on the longest part of the journey. An adult, for the purposes of Mintel’s research, is anyone aged 16 or over. The standard travel and tourism definitions used in the terminology of this report are as follows:
- Tourism is any travel which involves an overnight stay away from home.
- A holiday is a subjectively defined form of tourism, as defined by the tourist in response to surveys such as the IPS. A holiday can be distinguished from other leisure travel such as visits to friends and relatives (VFR) or shopping trips.
- A long holiday is a holiday of four nights or more away from home; a short break is a holiday that involves one to three nights away from home.
- Short-haul refers to air holidays within Europe, dominated by flights to Mediterranean resorts but including the Canary Islands, which are treated as a part of the Spanish market. Long-haul, therefore, refers to holidays outside Europe.
- An inclusive tour, or package holiday, is defined as the simultaneous sale of at least two elements of a holiday to the traveller: fares on public transport (eg flights) and commercial accommodation (eg hotel or self-catering apartment). Other elements, such as meals or excursions, are not essential to the definition of an inclusive tour. The term ‘all-inclusive’ is used to describe a special type of resort holiday in which food, drink, excursions and other services are provided as part of the total holiday cost.
- An independent holiday is one in which the traveller organises and books transport and accommodation from separate sources (eg a Channel ferry crossing and a caravan site in France).
- Seat- or flight-only is a type of independent holiday, and the terms are used to denote holidays in which travellers only purchase a return fare and thereafter book their own accommodation, car hire etc.
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