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March 26, 2018

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

March 12, 2018

Cuba for Solo Travellers: Save £100

Sociable singles holiday company Friendship Travel has reduced the price of its Hosted holidays to Cuba this summer by £100 per person – and there’s no single supplement to pay.

The two-centre holiday starts with three nights in the fascinating capital of Havana, based at the modern H10 Habana Panorama Hotel, and includes a full day guided tour of the city, taking in historic monuments like El Morro as well as the colourful streets and impressive squares. In the evenings, the group tries out local restaurants and nightlife together.

Travellers then transfer to the beach resort of Varadero for seven nights at the all-inclusive H10 Ocean Vista Azul Hotel, which has six restaurants, seven bars, a theatre, beauty and fitness centre and two pools.

Its cliff-top position ensures cooling breezes, with easy access to the fabulous sandy beach below where water-sports such as catamaran trips and sea kayaks are available, while land-based fun includes dance classes, yoga, aerobics and tennis. The hotel is next-door to Varadero’s golf course, which offers guests special rates.

All remaining Friendship Travel 2018 departures – 19 March, 14 May, 25 June, 24 September and 29 October have been reduced by £100, with holidays now starting at £2295.

This ATOL-bonded package includes scheduled Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick, all transfers, 10 nights in a double room for sole use (no single supplement to pay), breakfast every day, in Havana one dinner and a full day’s guided city tour and in Varadero all meals and drinks, land and water activities plus evening entertainment. Every holiday is escorted throughout by a Friendship Travel Host.

2018 is Friendship Travel’s 20th season of offering holidays for single travellers.

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

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

?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+
  • 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

 

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

February 5, 2018

Extra Departure Dates for Single Skiers, from £750

Sociable singles holiday company Friendship Travel is adding two new departures to its ski season in Alpe d’Huez.

“The resort has so much snow – three metres deep at the top of the mountain – that we can be confident about extending the season to April,” says managing director Colum McLornan.

The two new departures are from Gatwick on 24 March with prices from £895, and on 7 April with packages starting at just £750.

Breakfast and afternoon tea every day, five dinners with wine, and the support of a Friendship Travel Host are all included in the price, as are lessons on six mornings – ski or board – with the resort’s ESF ski school.

Chalet Maya is in the heart of the ‘old’ resort of Alpe d’Huez, only 100 metres from the ski hire shop, and from the basket lift that takes skiers to the resort’s ski school meeting point.

The chalet has just seven rooms and plenty of traditional alpine character. Guests can enjoy both the privacy of their own room and the company of other single people for a sociable week in the Alps.

2018 is Friendship Travel’s 20th season of offering holidays for single travellers.

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

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

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+
  • 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

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

January 31, 2018

Spring Singles Break in Essaouira, Morocco

Sociable singles holiday company Friendship Travel is returning to the Riad Mimouna in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Essaouira as soon as it re-opens after a three-month closure for refurbishment.

Flying from Luton direct to Essaouira on 6 March 2018, this four-night break is Hosted by a British member of Friendship Travel’s team, who lives in Morocco and knows the city well, so that the small group of guests – typically six to ten single travellers – waste no time finding the best cafes and shops.

The four-star Riad Mimouna is built into the sea wall and laid out over four floors around its inner courtyard. The hotel is next to the pedestrianised medina and five minutes’ walk from the port and the souk.

The rooftop terrace restaurant offers fabulous views along the city ramparts and over the beach beloved by kite-surfers and runners. The new decor follows traditional Islamic designs in rich colours, complemented by contemporary shower rooms.

Friendship Travel’s package currently starts at £559 and includes flights (hand luggage only), transfers, sole occupancy of a standard double or twin room, breakfast each morning, two dinners at the hotel and the support of the Host throughout.  On the other two evenings, the group eats at local restaurants at own expense.

2018 is Friendship Travel’s 20th season of offering holidays for single travellers.

Other holidays in Morocco include Marrakech city breaks and walking in the High Atlas.

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

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.
Editor’s Notes:

Friendship Travel was founded in 1999 by Colum McLornan and is based in Antrim, Northern Ireland

  • Offers holidays for single people aged 25+
  • 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

 

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

For expert comment on the singles holidays market, contact Colum McLornan, Friendship Travel managing director via Bea

January 4, 2018

Single Travellers save up to £610 with Friendship Travel

Sociable singles holiday company Friendship Travel has released a range of early booking offers.

The biggest saving of £610 is on a two-week holiday starting 17 October at the four-star Caesar’s Gardens Hotel on Rhodes.

With the deal, travellers pay Friendship Travel the seven-night holiday price of £1190 and pay £225 direct to the hotel for the second week, saving a massive £610 on the original 14-night brochure price of £2025. Bookings must be made by 31 January.

The package includes flights from Gatwick, transfers, 14 nights in a double/twin room for sole occupancy, breakfast every day, five dinners with wine in each week, and one BBQ lunch per week, plus the support of a Friendship Travel Host throughout.

On the same basis, single travellers can save £505 on a 14 night stay at Caesar’s Gardens Hotel starting 25 April.

In a similar deal, single travellers can save £500 on a 14 night holiday starting 25 April or 17 October at the five-star Lindos Memories Hotel on Rhodes. Bookings must be made by 31 January.

Savings on selected 14-night holidays on the island of Zante and in Turkey are also available if booked by 31 January.

Other offers include:

  • Room upgrade worth £175: book a standard room for a week at the H10 Casa del Mar on Mallorca for a free upgrade to a sea view room (book by 28 February). Package prices start at £885.
  • Save up to £90: book a week at the four-star Morina DeLuxe Hotel in Oludeniz, Turkey (book by 28 February). Package prices start at £830.
  • Save up to £70: book a week at the four-star Hotel Amor on Brac, Croatia (book by 28 February). Package prices start at £940.

 

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

 

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

 

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