Cornwall LivingIssue #82
We discover the numerous travel options that we benefit from in the south west.
Whilst Cornwall sometimes seems cut off from the rest of the country, we actually have fantastic access to travel right here in the south west. Newquay, Exeter and Bristol Airports and Bristol Avonmouth Port are the gateways to hundreds of holiday destinations, and 2019 is a great year for local departures from the south west.
“we don’t want to spend the first day of our holiday driving to distant airports; we want to hop on a flight and be sipping cocktails by lunchtime!”
Award-winning independent travel agents, Newell’s TRAVEL, have cultivated excellent relationships with leading UK tour operators since their humble beginnings in 1962. They now have nine retail offices in Cornwall, and two in Devon, and their influence has attracted many tour operators to concentrate their resources in the region.
It’s no longer necessary to make the long car journey to Heathrow, Birmingham or Manchester airports to start your holiday abroad as many tour operators now fly out of Cornwall Airport, Newquay. Destinations such as the Italian lakes, Iceland, Alicante in Spain and the Algarve in Portugal are all accessible with direct flights, and the East Coast of the United States is accessible via Dublin. You can even take a fly-cruise from Newquay to the Baltics, which includes a three-night break in Copenhagen with Princess Cruises.
Not to mention that Premier Holidays run regular flights to the Channel Islands from Exeter and in the spring of 2019 Superbreak continue their programme of Arctic Experience holidays to Iceland. Plus from Bristol Airport you can reach almost any worldwide destination imaginable. So, we’re really not as isolated as we used to be down here in Cornwall.
Newell’s TRAVEL have worked hard educating the tour operators to make them realise that local departures are a vital element in attracting holidaymakers in the region because after all, we don’t want to spend the first day of our holiday driving to distant airports; we want to hop on a flight and be sipping cocktails by lunchtime! So, having pushed for local departures, tour operators such as Fred. Olsen have now introduced free home-to-port transfers to encourage cruisers to sail from Southampton and similarly, Cruise & Maritime Voyages sailing from Avonmouth have done the same. Titan Travel has also introduced the same home pickup strategy, recognising the importance of the south west market.
On a regional level, there are now flights from Newquay to London, Manchester and Scotland, so make sure to consider a domestic flight before embarking on the long car journey! Thanks to the close working relationship between Newell’s TRAVEL and the travel companies, Newell’s TRAVEL are able to organise and host their annual Travel Show and attract over 40 leading tour operators time and time again.
So, on Sunday 3rd March 2019 between 10.30am and 3.30pm Newell’s TRAVEL will hold their 31st annual Travel Show at Truro College, which has first-class facilities, cutting edge technology and free parking. This is the largest travel show of its kind in the south west and the day is packed full of cinema presentations, on-the-day show offers and your chance to chat face to face with the tour operators on all things travel, whether abroad or at home. So, if you’re interested in finding the perfect travel company or want to be inspired to travel in the new year, then make sure to visit the Newell’s TRAVEL website for more information.
Visit www.newellstravel.co.uk/travel-show for full details
"we don’t want to spend the first day of our holiday driving to distant airports; we want to hop on a flight and be sipping cocktails by lunchtime!"