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‘Alternative’ holidays prove a hit

Regent Holidays sells holidays to Kosovo

Sales of holidays to ‘alternative’ destinations are proving a hit with travel agents and customers, Regent Holidays has said.

The tour operator’s trade sales manager Paul Mellon said the company has seen revenue for its holidays to destinations such as Russia and Albania rise more than 25% in 2012. He said the success is down to customers looking for new destinations, with its new brochure including North Korea, Indochina, Kosovo, Russia and Cuba.

“Enquiries for Russia were not only from customers booking city breaks but also more extravagant trips such as river cruises and Trans-Siberian Railway. We have also been pleased to see an increase in the popularity of our Indochina programme as well as group tours to Albania and the Baltic States,” Mellon explained.

“For 2013 we are expecting strong trade demand for tour to Myanmar and Cuba in particular. Agents have been feeding back to us that their clients are constantly seeking new destinations to experience and the Regent programme ticks many boxes for these customers – we are looking forward to another great year,” he added.