Taking an overseas holiday at short notice is a trend taking off as people who have gone without a holiday for over a year become desperate to swap dark nights and cold climates for white sand and warm oceans.    

Demand for late holiday sales has prompted worldwide travel company Kuoni to set up a late sales service, with a team of travel specialists able to help people get away within eight-weeks of their initial enquiry.  

International trips to travel corridors is now feasible, though getting away needs clear advice about  things like PCR tests, insurance, paperwork and availability so people are able to travel safely and smoothly . 

Destinations already in demand for late travel includes the Maldives, Seychelles as well as the Caribbean islands of Antigua, Saint Lucia and Barbados.

Kuoni said the new team will enable it to be more agile, with access to last minute availability and offers and will work alongside the sales team. 

Derek Jones said:  “In a normal year, most of our holidays are booked further in advance but we’re operating in a very different market now so we need to be ready to respond.   We have two types of customers at the moment – those who want to plan ahead to travel later next year or even the year after – and those who want to talk to us about getting away much sooner.   They will look at the travel corridors, are prepared to pay for tests and do whatever it takes to get away.” 

We’re expecting that the late travel market over the winter months is going to get much busier – so this is about helping customers through the maze.   Travel isn’t as simple and booking, packing and off you go.  There are a few hoops to jump through – but it’s our job to make it simple for people and that’s what our new team is in place to do.” 

More about new late travel offers from Kuoni can be found here https://www.kuoni.co.uk/offers/last-minute-offers 

January late offer - Maldives

Kurumba Maldives, staying in a superior room for10 nights on a bed & breakfast, from £2,279 per person departing 12 and 19January 2021 with direct flights on Sri Lankan Airlines from London Heathrow 

Departing soon - Maldives

Dhigali Maldive, staying in a Beach Bungalow for six nights, all-inclusive from £2,799 per person, departing on 15 December 2020. Save up to 50% plus FREE seaplane transfer. Flights based on direct Sri Lankan Airlines from London Heathrow 

Christmas escape - Barbados

Sugar Bay Barbados, staying in a Signature Room for seven nights, all-inclusive from £2,849 per person departing 23  December 2020. Save up to 30% Flights based on British Airways from London Gatwick


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About Kuoni

Kuoni Travel UK is part of DER Touristik, one of Europe’s leading travel groups. Kuoni has continued to set the pace in luxury worldwide travel in the UK market for the past 55 years and is regularly voted one of the best holiday companies in the country by readers of national newspapers and travel industry titles. The company excels in creating tailor-made holidays and honeymoons to more than 90 destinations around the world. Since 2008 Kuoni has grown its retail network across the UK and can be found in 48 locations on premium high streets and in selected John Lewis department stores. Each store is unique in design and showcases Kuoni’s Personal Travel Experts and personalised customer service.