Eastern European Stag Weekends Buck the Economic Trend

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Despite fears of global recession, British stags and hens are reluctant to give up their big weekends away - and are heading to Eastern Europe in record numbers.

We always take a couple of big bookings a year, but interest has increased significantly in recent months

With the credit crunch said to threatening every conceivable industry, you would expect tourism to be among the hardest hit. This is not necessarily so, as Stag Republic, a Budapest-based provider of stag and hen weekends in Eastern Europe, is finding out.

With the 2008 spring and summer peak season at an end, preparations for 2009 can begin at Stag Republic. The first bookings are coming in, and the company is already reporting sales double those of this time last year. Stag Republic managing director Josey Walker believes his company's experiences to be representative of the market as a whole. "We offer stag weekends directly through our website, via the best UK agents, and to several destinations in Eastern Europe," he explains. "I'm sure our competitors will have similar figures."

"In the UK and elsewhere, giving the stag or hen a proper send off is an essential part of the wedding," he continues. "People may be making cutbacks because of the credit crunch, but they are saving up for their weekends away." Walker admits that average group size has fallen from 13 to 12 and there has been a shift toward more basic hotels, but this has been counterbalanced by an increasing willingness to add activities, such as pistol shooting and quad biking to the schedule. Essentially, groups are looking for more fun at the same cost. Others are combining stag weekends with other reasons to celebrate.

Stag Republic currently offers stag weekends in Budapest, Bratislava, Krakow, Riga and Warsaw. "All our cities are known for their great nightlife and beautiful women - which makes them perfect stag destinations," says Walker. And for those best men looking to rein in the budget, the costs stack up, too. Flights are cheap for those booking early with budget airlines and the costs of food, drink, activities and accommodation are just over half of those you can expect in the UK.

Stag party organisers are not the only ones drawn to the superior value offered by Eastern Europe. Corporate clients are also increasingly looking to entertain their employees and customers in Eastern Europe. "We always take a couple of big bookings a year, but interest has increased significantly in recent months," says Walker, speculating that companies are looking to celebrate away from all the doom and gloom this year. "Those companies that can afford to treat their people in style may want to do it a little further from home this year," he continues. Again, in Eastern Europe, you get more for less.

The Stag Republic owner is a tough man to argue with: "Why choose another weekend in Newcastle if you can have so much more for the same money in Budapest."

Josey Walker, The Founder & Managing Director of Stag Republic, 0800 027 4836 (UK), +361 336 1895 (Outside UK), [email protected]

About Mascus:
Stag Republic have been organising made-to-measure stag weekends abroad and hen weekends in Eastern Europe since 2000. Since then, they have grown into the number one stag party organiser in Budapest. In addition, they have expanded - more recently popular destinations include stag weekends in Budapest, Riga and Krakow.

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