Giving the Gift of Travel Gains in Popularity AS GRADUATION NEARS

- Parents Choose European Escapes, Australian Adventures and More -



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Contiki Holidays

    ANAHEIM, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- As graduation approaches, more
 parents, grandparents and other close relatives are giving the gift of travel
 to their special graduates.  According to the Travel Industry of America, 22.6
 million Americans have purchased trips as gifts over the last three years.
 Sales for Contiki Holidays, the world's largest travel company for 18- to 35-
 year-olds, are already up more than 30 percent over last year.  Contiki
 credits part of this growth to parents and grandparents giving travel as a
 graduation present.
     "Travel agents are telling us that an increasing number of parents are
 coming in with their children to discuss their travel options," commented Lisa
 Wooldridge, Director of Marketing, Contiki Holidays.  "In fact, our travel
 partners such as American Automobile Association (AAA), whose older target
 audiences are typically parents and grandparents, have experienced a
 tremendous growth in selling Contiki tours," added Wooldridge.
     For many high school and college graduates, Europe is the destination of
 choice.  According to the European Travel Commission, 36 percent of travelers
 to Europe are between 18 and 39, or one in every three travelers.  Graduates
 play a big part in these numbers with 18- to 24-year-olds taking nearly
 900,000 trips to Europe last year alone.
     Families are turning to companies like Contiki, who provide this growing
 market with affordable travel excursions to Europe, Australia, New Zealand,
 Africa, America and Canada.
     Contiki provides the security and camaraderie of group travel with
 vacation packages that are designed to make the most out of any budget.  Tours
 average under $75 per day, including hotel accommodations, sightseeing,
 transportation and many meals.  A top seller, the eight-day "European Wonder,"
 is priced from $769 with air from New York City.  This tour provides a
 wonderful sampling of Europe with stops in Paris, London, Amsterdam and
 Brussels.
     For those graduates who may have experienced Europe and are looking for
 something a little different, Australia is a popular alternative.  The
 14-day "Beaches and Reefs" package is reasonably priced at just $1,935 with
 air from Los Angeles.  Participants swim and shop at trendy Byron Bay, enjoy
 the white sands and waves of Surfers Paradise, visit Sydney, the famous
 Olympic sites and more.
     All Contiki tours incorporate the highlights and hot spots of major
 cities, while leaving travelers enough free time to explore on their own.
 Contiki guests have more time to do their own thing because they do not have
 to search for accommodations, restaurants, tourist attractions or worry about
 transportation.  Contiki will also match solo travelers with
 same-sex roommates to avoid single supplements.
     For more information and free brochures describing Contiki's vacations,
 see your travel agent or call toll-free 1-888-CONTIKI; or log on to
 http://www.contiki.com.  Contiki is a member of USTOA.
 
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    ANAHEIM, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- As graduation approaches, more
 parents, grandparents and other close relatives are giving the gift of travel
 to their special graduates.  According to the Travel Industry of America, 22.6
 million Americans have purchased trips as gifts over the last three years.
 Sales for Contiki Holidays, the world's largest travel company for 18- to 35-
 year-olds, are already up more than 30 percent over last year.  Contiki
 credits part of this growth to parents and grandparents giving travel as a
 graduation present.
     "Travel agents are telling us that an increasing number of parents are
 coming in with their children to discuss their travel options," commented Lisa
 Wooldridge, Director of Marketing, Contiki Holidays.  "In fact, our travel
 partners such as American Automobile Association (AAA), whose older target
 audiences are typically parents and grandparents, have experienced a
 tremendous growth in selling Contiki tours," added Wooldridge.
     For many high school and college graduates, Europe is the destination of
 choice.  According to the European Travel Commission, 36 percent of travelers
 to Europe are between 18 and 39, or one in every three travelers.  Graduates
 play a big part in these numbers with 18- to 24-year-olds taking nearly
 900,000 trips to Europe last year alone.
     Families are turning to companies like Contiki, who provide this growing
 market with affordable travel excursions to Europe, Australia, New Zealand,
 Africa, America and Canada.
     Contiki provides the security and camaraderie of group travel with
 vacation packages that are designed to make the most out of any budget.  Tours
 average under $75 per day, including hotel accommodations, sightseeing,
 transportation and many meals.  A top seller, the eight-day "European Wonder,"
 is priced from $769 with air from New York City.  This tour provides a
 wonderful sampling of Europe with stops in Paris, London, Amsterdam and
 Brussels.
     For those graduates who may have experienced Europe and are looking for
 something a little different, Australia is a popular alternative.  The
 14-day "Beaches and Reefs" package is reasonably priced at just $1,935 with
 air from Los Angeles.  Participants swim and shop at trendy Byron Bay, enjoy
 the white sands and waves of Surfers Paradise, visit Sydney, the famous
 Olympic sites and more.
     All Contiki tours incorporate the highlights and hot spots of major
 cities, while leaving travelers enough free time to explore on their own.
 Contiki guests have more time to do their own thing because they do not have
 to search for accommodations, restaurants, tourist attractions or worry about
 transportation.  Contiki will also match solo travelers with
 same-sex roommates to avoid single supplements.
     For more information and free brochures describing Contiki's vacations,
 see your travel agent or call toll-free 1-888-CONTIKI; or log on to
 http://www.contiki.com.  Contiki is a member of USTOA.
 
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