Kuoni to sell UK breaks as staycations expected to boom

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Exotic holiday specialist Kuoni has started selling holidays in the UK for the first time to cater for an expected surge in demand for trips closer to home.

Its tailormade holidays in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland are being put together by Glasgow-based travel company McKinlay Kidd.

“We’ve been looking at the UK and Ireland for a few years now and considering the best approach, but the coronavirus crisis has accelerated this and we’ve moved quickly to bring this together in a way which we think is best suited to our customers,” said a Kuoni spokeswoman.

Customers whose overseas holidays have been cancelled due to Covid-19  are now able to switch to a domestic holiday instead.

We’re used to sending you to far-flung retreats but on this journey McKinlay Kidd will take you to stunning beaches and paradise islands a little closer to home.

“All the trips are bespoke and will be available to book as soon as it’s safe to travel and destinations, hotels and islands have opened up once lockdown is eased,” said the spokeswoman.

“We certainly hope that people will be able to book and travel later this summer but will work closely with McKinlay Kidd on re-open dates.”

A new UK section of Kuoni’s website features a range itineraries including the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland, the Scottish islandsincluding Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, the Gower Peninsula in Wales, the Isles of Scilly, and Devon and Cornwall road trips.

Kuoni CEO Derek Jones said: “The coronavirus crisis has played havoc with people’s travel plans so we wanted to create a collection of quality, premium trips throughout the UK and Ireland which blend local culture, adventure and exploration with luxury style.”

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