How The Economic Downtown Will Affect The Market For Package Holidays In 2009

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Packyourbags.com, a leading online travel agent specialising in package holiday deals and cheap flights, believes that the economic downtown will affect the market for package holidays in 2009. Sales Manager Jemima Needham said, "It simply not true that the travel industry is recession proof. With some people losing their jobs, and others worried about job security, all areas of the economy are inevitably hit.

the CTT Groups track record and success can be attributed to its commitment in investing in staff and training; the technology, systems and controls that power the business; and their unrivaled commitment to all aspects of complete customer satisfaction.

Packyourbags.com, a leading online travel agent specialising in package holiday deals and cheap flights, believes that the economic downtown will affect the market for package holidays in 2009.

Sales Manager Jemima Needham said, "It simply not true that the travel industry is recession proof. With some people losing their jobs, and others worried about job security, all areas of the economy are inevitably hit. However, it is true that people still value their holidays; and whilst we are likely to see budgets tighten this year we still expect a strong market for travel as people look for a haven in the sun, away from their day-to-day lives."

"We also expect to see an increase in online bookings," Needham goes on to explain. "More and more holiday-makers are now confident in researching and booking their holidays online. So while the high street travel agents lose out, we will continue to see growth in this area of the market."

Needham also thought there would be fewer 'late booking' deals this year. "Last year the collapse of some tour operators saw competitors increasing their prices, taking advantage of the thousands of holiday-makers left in the lurch. This meant there were fewer late deals available. This year we expect people will book early, not only to guarantee their getaway but also to take advantage of paying off the holiday over a number of weeks. It's now possible to pay a small deposit, and then pay the balance anything up to 12 weeks before departure."

Needham also believes the economic climate will affect the destinations that holiday-makers are considering. "As many people look for cheap holidays in Spain, it means that the prices of holidays in Greece will come down so that they remain competitive. We also expect to see an increase in bookings to UK resorts and holiday parks."

Needham has two pieces of advice for people booking their holidays for 2009. "First of all, always make sure your agent or operator is ABTA and ATOL bonded. Secondly, don't gamble on cheap holiday deals in 2009. You may get lucky, but you may miss out completely. At Packyourbags.com we're happy to help you find the holiday you want at the price you can afford."

About Packyourbags.com
Packyourbags.com is an independent Travel Agent offering the latest deals online and on the high street. Using their unique database of holidays and flights, holiday-makers have the power to search through thousands of available destinations within minutes - from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, from Florida to the Far East.

Packyourbags.com has a dedicated call centre in Tunbridge Wells staffed by experienced travel agents who are ready to advise and help all their website customers. With over 10 years experience providing the best prices for cheap holidays , flights and hotels, holiday-makers can simply decide on where they want to go, follow the simple instructions on the Packyourbags.com secure website and, within minutes, they can be booked on their dream holiday.

Packyourbags.com is fully ABTA, ATOL and IATA bonded, and part of the CTT Group of travel companies.

About CTT Group
The CTT Group was established back in 1988 as Country Trails Travel, and is now a multi-million pound travel and leisure company with an enviable reputation within all the areas it operates.
The group now encompasses retail travel, business travel, chartered jets, specialist European holidays, and an online travel store at shop.packyourbags.com. It operates a travel and holiday store in Tunbridge Wells, as well as a distribution centre and corporate offices across three separate sites.

Managing Director Mark Kempster notes, "the CTT Groups track record and success can be attributed to its commitment in investing in staff and training; the technology, systems and controls that power the business; and their unrivaled commitment to all aspects of complete customer satisfaction."

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