More British families than ever before are taking advantage of low-cost
flights and on-line accommodation deals to tailor make their own private
escapes - away from the madding crowds - says villa specialist
Family holidays off the beaten track are in demand from Brits looking to
escape the traditional package deal resorts, according to online villa
Bookings from families are up 30 per cent year on year for Villaclick, which
is reporting a growing trend for families to head to the lesser known areas
of Spain, Majorca and Portugal, including the El Torcal National Park in
Andalucia and the Jalon Valley inland from the Costa Blanca.
This increase in family demand for online travel is being attributed to
increased confidence in booking on the Internet, combined with more low-cost
flights, and the greater flexibility provided by independently planned
holidays, with villas increasingly attractive to families for the home from
home they offer.
Matthew Hind, Managing Director of Villaclick.com, said: “Families now have
far greater confidence in booking the individual elements of a holiday
through the Internet. The choice is far greater, information can be found
at the touch of a button and booking is easy and can be done at a time to
suit them - there`s none of the time wasting associated with waiting in
travel agent queues or calling tour operators.
“Add to this the continued interest in new destinations, particularly in
Europe where families feel comfortable, the sustained expansion of low-cost
airline services, and the convenience provided by a villa holiday, and the
family market is set to continue its shift towards a more individual holiday
plan - tailored by them for their family.”
To help meet this demand Villaclick now offers over 1500 villas and
apartments across Spain, Portugal, the Balearics and the Canary Islands,
including lesser known areas such as Majorca`s south-east corner. Bookable
online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Villaclick properties can also be
e-mailed to family or friends to make a group booking hassle free.
Providing everything you need to tailor-make the perfect holiday, from
value-for-money villas to car hire and flights, Villaclick also offers more
flexible durations such as 9, 15, or 19 nights so families can take full
advantage of cheaper mid week flights.
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