Thomson Launches Couples
Released on: June 15, 2011, 1:30 am
Thomson Holidays has officially launched Thomson Couples, an
all-new adults-only holiday experience aimed at couples who want to
spend time abroad in a child-free environment. With the first Couples
customers flying out in June, Thomson is the first mainstream travel
company to offer 100% child-free holiday resorts worldwide.
News of the launch of the adult-only holidays will be welcomed by more than three
quarters (79%) of all those questioned for a Thomson Holidays survey who admitted
their holidays were affected by other people's children, while 31% said that unruly
youngsters have actually ruined a well-earned break.
What's more, one in three UK adults (35%) said they agreed unequivocally with the
statement "Hell is other people’s children on holiday".
For more than half those questioned (55%) the main complaint about children is their
behaviour in the hotel restaurant, while nearly half (48%) find the "general noise
and whining" made by kids on holiday irritating. Another major gripe was noise from
children in the room next door (45%), while for a third (32%) over-tired youngsters
can also spoil an evening’s entertainment.
The hotel swimming pool is a flashpoint too, where 41% are irritated by the noise
from excited children. Being splashed while sunbathing around the pool was annoying
for nearly a third (30%), while 21% said they dislike being splashed by children
while they're swimming in the pool.
Interestingly, the problems are not solely confined to other people's children.
Some 40% of parents say their own kids affect the enjoyment of their holiday, while
4% of these say they can even ruin it completely.
The research went on to show that many people would like to see adult-only areas in
hotels. More than half (55%) believe the bar should be a no-go area for kids, while
42% would like part of the swimming pool cordoned off for adults to swim quietly.
The subject of adults-only holidays is explored in greater detail in a 'White
Paper' commissioned by Thomson Holidays. The paper includes interviews with people
taking both Thomson child-free and child-friendly holidays in Cyprus during last
October’s half-term holiday.
Luke Gaskins, Head of Product Development at Thomson Holidays, explained that Thomson Couples holidays is part of the
company's commitment to designing holidays around the differing needs of its
customers, and would complement its hugely popular Thomson Families resorts.
"Family holidays are incredibly important to Thomson and an extremely valuable
opportunity for families to spend quality time together, enabling children to
experience new places, foods and cultures - and have fun," said Luke.
"At the same time, many parents also tell us how much they cherish a few days to
themselves once in a while in addition to their family holiday, to recharge their
batteries. Just as our Family resorts are focused on keeping children entertained,
Couples is completely geared to adult relaxation and together time. At a Couples
hotel, peace and quiet both come as standard."
All hotels in the Thomson Couples range are part of Thomson's Premier Collection,
which include the company's very best 4T and 5T hotels. Couples customers will also
enjoy complimentary benefits including increased luggage allowance, priority
transfers, day-before check-in and dedicated holiday advisors when overseas.
TUI UK Ltd is part of the TUI Travel PLC Group of companies - the UK's leading
leisure travel company. First Choice specialises in sun holidays, beach
holidays and charter flights to a vast array of destinations including Cuba holidays and
Customers expect the travel companies they deal with to have the highest standards
of business practice and accountability. First Choice is registered with the
Association of British Travel Agent (ABTA), fully bonded by the Civil Aviation
Authority under Air Travel Organisers' Licence (ATOL) and part of the Federation of
TUI UK Ltd,
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