Stepping into the role of chief executive with youth-focused travel brand Contiki, James Marchant here tells Breaking Travel News about his ambitions for the role. Speaking at World Travel Market in London he also tells us about the changing outbound markets sought by British travellers.
Despite covering Morocco and Egypt in northern Africa, the call of wild adventures in eastern and sub-Saharan Africa has been strong, and today the global youth travel brand has announced a suite of new trips to the region.
As Contiki launches a series of trips to sub-Saharan Africa for the first time, Breaking Travel News chats with Donna Jeavons, UK and Europe sales and marketing director for the company, about what is on offer and how the needs of younger travellers continue to evolve
Alongside the launch of its Europe Summer 2018/19 programme, Contiki has introduced a new travel style: Independent Insider. Combining the benefits of a Contiki experience, itineraries have reimagined group travel and allow travellers to pick their start and end cities and customise a trip that suits them best.
Adam Cooper has been revealed as president of Contiki USA, part of The Travel Corporation family of brands. He will report directly to Contiki Global chief executive, Casper Urhammer.
According to 2016 sales data, youth travel expert Contiki has seen a 22 per cent spike in Europe trip bookings since the UK’s decision to leave the EU in June. The date suggest the group travel model is a popular choice for young travellers in the current environment, and that millennials are keen to make the most of Britain’s current EU status before Brexit plans take effect.
Visiting eight Latin countries, via 27 incredible trips and four different travel styles, Contiki’s 2017/18 Latin America programme has something for every millennial traveller. The travel expert for 18-35s has launched five all-new Latin itineraries departing in 2017 and 2018. The new programme features two new Costa Rica trips which can be linked to create an epic 15-day adventure, a dedicated exploration of Ecuador and two multi-country adventures ticking off bucket list destinations like the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon and Machu Picchu.
Comprised of 34 incredible trips across 37 epic states, Contiki’s new USA & Canada 2017 brochure takes young travellers on the great American (and Canadian) road trip. Trips take in everything from the bright lights of Las Vegas and New York City, to the stunning natural beauty of the Rockies, and the bronzed bodies of Miami Beach.
Contiki Holidays, the worldwide leader in travel for young professionals, students, nomads, and escape artists aged 18-35, is introducing the release of its new 2010 Asia Brochure. For the first time ever the brochure is available in print and online at Contiki.com/brochures. The brochure features five adventure-filled Asia trips inviting young travelers to experience all things Asia including lush Cambodian jungles, pristine Vietnamese beaches and mouth-watering Thai food.