With more people expected to holiday at home in 2017, there is a big increase in the choice and number of short breaks and holidays by coach being run across England, Wales, Scotland and to Ireland in 2017. Whether you like to see our dramatic coastline, the beauty of the countryside or prefer the bright lights of a city tour, there is something to appeal to all. The great vantage point above the hedgerows and other traffic gives the best view of the passing landscape.
Coaches are also the perfect choice for day trips to attractions, summer garden shows and major events across the country, while visits to see a top show in London’s West End or in the regions, are more popular than ever. More than two million people travel to the capital by coach to see a show each year.
In a 2017 nationwide poll of more than 25,000 people by membership organisation, the Coach Tourism Association, coach travellers confirmed the appeal of going by coach with 92 per cent saying they will continue to book coach tours over the next five years. And among those who had never been on a coach tour, more than 40 per cent said they were keen to do so.
Value for money, hassle free travel, on board comfort, friendship and the safety of travelling by coach were all judged to be key reasons for going by coach. A significant minority said they would choose a coach tour because they offered a luxury form of travel.
After all, the days of the seaside charabanc are long gone. New coaches now cost upwards of £250,000 and feature reclining seats, air conditioning, double glazed windows and on board facilities. Unseen elements are quiet cabins and a smooth ride. Many operators now have coaches that cost much more and feature club class style leather seats with extra legroom, drop down DVD screens, toilet facilities and even kitchens. That’s why Premiership football clubs and international sports teams now travel to matches on their own special coaches.
Coaches are the cleanest form of transport and reduce congestion. A coach carrying 50 passengers takes the place of more than 20 cars, freeing up space in car parks. Their passengers help the local economy too – they spend as much as 30 per cent more £s per head than other visitors.
With the number of people aged 65 and over in the UK projected to increase from 10.3 million in 2010 to 12.7 million in 2018 – and 16.9 million by 2035 – demand for coach travel is expected to carry on growing, especially as the baby boomer generation – those born between 1946 and 1964 – own 80 per cent of the wealth of the UK. They are healthier than ever before and 75 per cent of them say their holidays are essential.
Note: The Coach Tourism Association, set up 27 years ago, exclusively promotes coach travel for around 140 UK coach companies via its consumer facing website www.findacoachholiday.com
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