March 26, 2018
By Beacon_PR

Singles Holiday Company starts 20th Season

Friendship Travel is gearing up for the company’s 20th summer season of sociable holidays for single travellers, with new options in the Algarve and the Ionian islands joining established favourites around the Med.

Colum McLornan founded Friendship Travel in 1999, when he organised a season of house-party style holidays in Turkey.

This summer, the Antrim-based company offers Hosted holidays on Rhodes, Paros, Zante, Skiathos and Cyprus; in Turkey, Mallorca, the Costa Brava, Sicily, Corsica, Croatia and the Canaries plus the Caribbean, as well as escorted trips to Africa and the Far East.

“The market has changed a lot in the last 20 years,” says Colum, “but I still get the same buzz when I find a small and friendly hotel for one of our Houseparties, and in meeting guests as I travel around the Med.

“When I started Friendship Travel, single people were pretty hard done by, having to pay a single supplement for the privilege of a room above the kitchen, or being asked to share with another single traveller.

“Our guests are guaranteed a standard double or twin bedroom to themselves, with no supplement to pay: that’s what single travellers expect and deserve,” says Colum.

Other trends that Friendship Travel has seen in recent years include a move towards hotels of four- and five-star standards, a preference for adult-only hotels, and for holidays with added value, from wine with dinner to sightseeing.

“We are proud to be independent and grown through word of mouth recommendations,” says Colum.  “We have many regular guests, but we are always conscious that for some plements for single traveople, this is a leap of faith on their first holiday alone since they split up with, or lost their partner.

“The most rewarding thing for our Hosts, and for me, is seeing a nervous first-time guest go home relaxed and smiling at the end of a great week.”

New holidays for summer 2018 are:

Olhao in Portugal – seven nights including excursions from £1135

Barbados – eight nights all-inclusive from £2130

Ionian island-hopping cruises from £1295

Lisbon city break – three nights from £645

 

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com

 

ENDS

 

Editor’s Notes

  • Friendship Travel was founded in 1999 by Colum McLornan and is based in Antrim, Northern Ireland. (Colum is available for expert comment on the singles holidays market.)
  • Offers holidays for single people aged 25+ with the core age 40-60
  • All holidays are Hosted by Friendship Travel representatives
  • Programme ranges from weekend breaks in the UK to house-parties around the Med, hotel holidays in the sun, winter ski weeks and escorted tours worldwide
  • There is no single supplement to pay on Friendship Travel holidays
  • All flight-inclusive holidays are ATOL-protected
  • Winner of several British Travel Awards

 

Written and distributed by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800 or jane@beaconpr.co.uk

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