Approximately 20% of holiday-makers on a summer vacation in a seaside resort from abroad choose the last-minute package to take advantage of Last Minute offers, according to a study by the Christian Tour agency.
In general, people who prefer such holiday offers have a flexible schedule that allows them to go on a scheduled trip just a few days before departure, such as employees who do not have to sit at the office eight hours a day, seniors and students. Most tourists who choose the services of an agency to spend their summer holidays on a seaside destination such as Greece, Turkey, Spain, Egypt or Bulgaria schedule their trip a few months ahead, primarily to benefit from the payment terms Early Booking program. In this case, reductions of up to 45% are applied and the amount can be paid in installments.
“In general, this category includes families with children, who must also take into account the needs of the young when planning their summer holidays; parents take into account the date when children enter the big holiday or national exams if they have such tests. For these tourists it is important that all the details of the holiday – the means of transport, the accommodation, the mass regime – are established in time, “says Raluca Hatmanu, director of communication Christian Tour.
At the opposite end, there is another category of tourists whose lifestyle allows them to prepare for a vacation in just a few days and who are amateur of last minute deals. Employees who do not have a fixed schedule, as well as seniors and students are the most receptive to such offers. “The main advantage of last-minute holidays is price-related, which may be up to 45% lower than when the initial offer was displayed.
Often, the price may rival a ‘early booking’ offer, but only as regards the ‘last minute’ offer, the tourist must accept the transport and accommodation conditions offered by the agency at that time. Individuals who hunt for such offers must also be aware that they are limited in number and the principle applicable is “, adds the tour operator’s representative. During this time, most Last Minute deals are available for destinations in Greece.
For example, a package in Corfu Island, which includes charter flights departing from Bucharest on July 3 and accommodation 7 nights with half board at a three star hotel, costs 349 euros per person, a 25% lower price than the original rate . On the island of Crete, in the Heraklion area, a person can pay 20% less for an all inclusive package in a three-star hotel and charter airplane, the amount being 399 euros per person. Those who catch Last Minute offers in Lefkada can benefit from a 45% discount; so a package that includes a charter flight from Bucharest and 7 nights accommodation in a studio costs 219 euros per person.
To Santorini or Rhodes, some of the most beautiful Greek destinations, In the summer season 2018, Christian Tour operates 40 charter planes per week to popular destinations in Greece (Crete – Heraklion and Chania, Santorini, Zakynthos, Corfu, Lefkada, Rhodes), Turkey (Antalya, Bodrum, Kusadasi) Tenerife, Gran Canaria) and Egypt (Hurghada, Sharm el Sheikh), departing from the main airports in the country: Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Oradea, Arad and Iasi.
In addition to charter flights, tourists can also travel by charter by bus to destinations in Greece (Corfu, Zakynthos, Thassos, Paralia Katerini, Evia, Parga, Hakidiki, Lefkada, Olympic Beach) and Bulgaria (Golden Sands, Albena, ). Christian Tour, a company headed by Cristian and Marius Pandel, has been on the holiday market for 21 years, being one of the country’s longest-running tourism brands. The tour operator owns 40 own agencies in Romania and is present abroad in Poland, Serbia, Moldova, Greece, Turkey, Spain and the United States of America (the online division). Christian Tour ended the year 2017 with sales of over 67 million euros.