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Customers Love Leisuretime As Welsh Holiday Company Wins Two Prestigious British Travel Awards

November 29, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Leisuretime News / by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

Leisuretime has won two awards in both the Best Coach Holiday Company and Best Local Travel Agency categories at the prestigious 2016 British Travel Awards following a massive public poll.  The announcement was made on 23 November at a glamorous Gala Awards ceremony, held in London and attended by close to a thousand travel industry professionals, all anxious to find out how the 775,000 public votes had been cast.

George Johnson, Director of Leisuretime said: “As a business that has expanded significantly over the last few years, we are still very much in touch with our customers and are so grateful to them for voting for us. It is a huge honour to win these prestigious awards and a credit to the dedication and enthusiasm of the entire Leisuretime team.”

British Travel Awards Chief Executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “Leisuretime is to be congratulated on winning Best Coach Holiday Company and Best Local Travel Agency.  Competition was fierce this year with more companies entering the competition than ever before - but ultimately it is the travelling public who decide the winners by voting for the travel companies they consider the best in the business. The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK and to win is truly an accolade and testament to the great products and services travel companies offer to their customers.”

Leisuretime was established 21 years ago by Founder Ceri Johnson and now combines a well established coach tour operation with its own branded network of retail travel agencies. This unique combination has allowed Leisuretime to offer its clients all kinds of holidays, including cruise, rail and air, along with the best prices and top-notch customer service. All holidays are ABTA protected and Leisuretime’s own tours all benefit from a no currency surcharge guarantee with its’ 2017 European range currently being offered for a deposit of only a penny!

The British Travel Awards is a proudly independent organisation, verified by leading global business practitioners, Deloitte.


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Coach Holiday Shop celebrate their 1st birthday in Merthyr!

November 23, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Leisuretime News / by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

To celebrate the birthday of their Merthyr Coach Holiday Shop, Leisuretime gave customers the chance to get involved with the two-day festivities and win some amazing prizes instore over the weekend.

Over the 18th and 19th of November, the leading coach travel providers invited customers to wish them many happy returns, have a slice of cake and get in the running for some incredible Leisurecart prizes. Merthyr RFC captain James Howe was even on hand to spin the prize wheel!

Leisuretime also gave all customers a special birthday gift, with a limited time only 10% discount on a selection of six tours booked in store on the 18th and 19th as part of their celebrations.

Ceri Johnson, Director of Leisuretime said, “We are thrilled to reach another milestone with the birthday of our Merthyr store, and we wanted to thank all of our customers who have made our continued growth and success possible over the years. We couldn’t think of a better way of showing our gratitude by opening up the party invite to everyone and celebrating with some incredible giveaways and discounts.”

Customers who filled out a Merthyr store’s birthday card will have their details entered into a prize draw to win a mystery tour for two people to one of Leisuretime’s wide variety of locations, which span the UK and Europe.

Whilst the birthday giveaways and discounts might be over for another year, get involved on social media for more exciting competitions and events coming up in the near future.


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The 5 best hotels for entertainment across the UK

November 10, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Holiday Tips / by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

If you’re planning a break in the UK you’ll want plenty of entertainment to keep you amused. Whether you’re after lively, fun nightly entertainment or prefer a more relaxed, cultural experience there’s something sure to suit your style in the British Isles. The right holiday entertainment can make your trip more memorable and ensure your days and evenings are never dull so try these top 5 hotels for entertainment in the UK…

  1. The Grand Burstin Hotel, Folkestone
    If you want a holiday in the UK but still plenty of entertainment every night, the Burlington Hotel in Folkestone is ideal. The hotel’s Ocean Bar plays host to a live programme, packed with everything from cabaret performances to bingo. There’s a disco every evening too so you can dance through the night to your favourite music.
  2. Palace Hotel, Buxton
    The Palace Hotel in Buxton is perfectly situated on the edge of the Peak District and if you’re interested in culture it offers plenty of entertainment, as well as excellent health and leisure facilities. It’s the perfect place to visit and explore Chatsworth House, including the painted hall and sculpture gallery. It’s particularly impressive at Christmas time when it’s been decorated for the festive season.
  3. Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hampshire
    When it comes to entertainment, Mill Rythe has a dizzying array no matter what you’re after or who you’re travelling with. Every night you can enjoy an onsite cabaret team performing as you sit back and relax while in the daytime you can choose to chill out in the spa or get active and turn you hand to archery, crazy golf, dance classes or one of the other many entertainment options on offer.
  4. The Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton
    If you prefer to mix relaxation, culture and entertainment, The Royal Albion Hotel could be perfect for you. The Regency style property is right at the heart of vibrant Brighton and you’ll have a whole host of entertainment options on your doorstep, from a family-friendly trip to the Sea Life Centre to the bright lights of Brighton Pier, filled with rides and attractions.
  5. The Burlington Hotel, Folkestone
    A lovely hotel with nightly entertainment, the Burlington won’t disappoint those looking for fun during the evening. It’s perfectly located for the sandy beaches and bustling town centre too so if you’re looking for something different it won’t be too far away from your hotel room

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Top coach trip company expands reach to South West England

November 10, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Leisuretime News / by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

Leisuretime, one of the UK’s most successful European coach providers, has continued its impressive growth with a plethora of new routes and pick-up points in the south west of England. The growing company now boasts pick up points in Torquay, Weston Super-mare, Taunton and Bristol City Centre, but to name a few, which will enable them to provide a more personalised service to travellers in the areas.

George Johnson, Director at Leisuretime, said, “We have expanded greatly over the last couple of years. Our service, once solely in Wales, now reaches further than ever before as we continue our aim to meet the needs of holidaymakers all over the UK. We pride ourselves on our customer care ethos and aim to enable everyone who wants to explore all that the world has to offer with the chance to do so.

“These new routes and pick-up points both signify our continued growth and highlight our expansion. By providing a wider selection of pick-up points, we are able to meet the needs of a wider audience, and open up more stunning getaways for holidaymakers and adventurers alike.”

The new locations are just the latest in a long line of developments and expansions for the Wales-based company. The firm now boasts 7 shops in south Wales and boasts a workforce of 45. The travel expert has also recently added a number of new European and UK destinations to their portfolio, including Croatia, Romania and Poland in order to provide customers with even more choice.

Leisuretime has rapidly become a household name for holidaymakers all over the UK. Their comprehensive coach offering is one of the largest available. The company matches people of all ages and with all interests to their ideal destinations, including fun-filled Disneyland Paris, historic Italy, off-the-beaten-track Croatia and British favourite, Spain.

The new routes and pick-up points are now live, so customers in Wales and the south of England can rest assured that their holiday will get off to a flying start, right from the beginning.


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Leisuretime send couple on dream trip to the Big Apple

November 02, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Leisuretime News / by david.roberts@leisuretime.co.uk

New York is on thousands of people’s bucket lists. However the destination stays out of reach for many. But one of the premier providers of coach trips to Europe, has made the dream come true for two of their regular travellers.

Leisuretime, one of Wales’ most prosperous businesses, is pleased to announce two of their regular travellers will be jetting off to the Big Apple, after winning one of the company’s competitions.

George Johnson, Director, said, “As a family-run business that has grown significantly over the last few years, we are still very much in touch with our customers and feel it’s important to thank them for choosing us. Giving away holidays to dream destinations is one of the best ways we can highlight just how much we value their continued custom and give a little back.”

Mr and Mrs Jordan, from Barry, are set to take off on their first visit to America in November after winning the trip back in March. The competition was launched to coincide with Leisuretime’s launch of its global holiday offering by air, and will surround the lucky winners in sheer luxury. The couple will be chauffeur-driven to Heathrow Airport, before boarding the plane where they will be flying Business Class with British Airways. Once they touch down they will be staying in a stunning hotel just minutes form the world-famous Times Square, so will be excellently located to explore all the famous city has to offer.

Ceri Johnson, Director, added, “New York is an incredible destination for people of all ages, and we couldn’t think of a better place to send our winners as we celebrate our continued growth and offerings overseas. We wish Mr and Mrs Jordan an incredible holiday and can’t wait to hear all about their adventures when they return.”

The caring company is also one of the leading supporters of local charities. Every year they choose a different charity to support and raise money to help them continue their good work. This year, the company is supporting local children’s hospice, Ty Hafan, and as well as undertaking a plethora of fundraising activities, they have also provided incredible trips for the children to Disneyland Paris, Christmas Markets and various theme parks located around the UK.


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