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Inghams Also Cancels All Ski Holidays This Season

J2SkiNews posted 18-Feb



Hotelplan, the company which runs the UK's second largest ski holiday company Inghams, as well as Flexiski, Ski Total and Ski Esprit, have cancelled all ski trips for the rest of this winter.

The news was not unexpected and followed a similar announcement from the UK's largest operator, Crystal, 48 hours before. Hotelplan had previously cancelled all trips up to Easter for most of its brands leaving just a few weeks at the end of the season, although it cancelled all ski holidays this season for Ski Esprit several months ago.
"Due to the ongoing impacts of covid-19, this week, we have suspended all Inghams, Flexiski and Ski Total ski trips for the rest of this winter," said Hotelplan UK CEO, Joe Ponte, who added, "We're very disappointed for everyone impacted by this news. Customers with bookings in April will be offered a refund or the chance to postpone their holiday until a later date. We would like to thank our customers and partners for their patience and understanding, and as always, they can be reassured that we will continue to look to do the right thing by them."

"With many skiers and snowboarders eager to get back to the slopes this season, while there was still a possibility that ski holidays would go ahead, we continued to monitor the situation closely. As there has been little change to ongoing travel restrictions, and with further ski resorts announcing that they will remain closed, now is the time to suspend ski trips for this season and focus on making next winter one of the best yet," Mr Poste continued, adding, "We continue to see strong numbers for the 2021/22 winter season and bookings are well ahead of the same period last year. As people think about their holiday plans now, to avoid missing out next winter, across the Hotelplan UK brands we'll be looking at how we can increase capacity to keep up with demand—and some of next winter's holidays are on track for a record-breaking year."

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SwingBeep
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posted 18-Feb

I'm a bit surprised it took so long for the major tour operators to realise that there was no hope of providing skiing holidays during the rest of this season.

On the 2nd February the EU Council recommended that non-essential travel from third countries into the EU should only be allowed if the 14-day incidence was not more than 25 cases per 100,000
https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2021/02/02/covid-19-council-updates-recommendation-on-travel-restrictions-from-third-countries-into-the-eu/

I think it's highly unlikely that the UK will be able to get it's 14-day incidence down to that number before the end of the season.

Sonofapreacher
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posted 20-Feb

South East is reporting some area below 50...
Uk as a whole probably double at least, so yep, it will be a hard number to hit.
Last time i checked, i think most regions in Europe were way above the average in England.

Andymol2
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posted 01-Mar

Ultimately many of the ski areas kept having their opening put back and those that are open seem to be for locals only so the abandonmentof the season was pretty much certain.

I guess they kept their options open for as long as they could before accepting the enevitable and reaching the point that it became economically pointless to open up for at most a week or 2 at the end of the season.

Who really wants to go skiing without the mountain restaurants being open or something to do in the evenings even if the lifts did open? Holidays are supposed to be fun and a covid secure holiday isn't the same for many. And who is going to book for this season with the very high chance of your holiday being cancelled and having to fight for a refund.

Andy M

Wanderer
reply to 'Inghams Also Cancels All Ski Holidays This Season'
posted 10-Mar

Will SAGA take over? All the over 70s will be vaccinated and raring to go

Far Queue
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posted 10-Mar

Wanderer wrote:Will SAGA take over? All the over 70s will be vaccinated and raring to go


Hey, down my way (South London) they are well through the 56-60 age group All my friends have had it or are booked to have it in the next few days, with second doses being completed in time for any possible summer trips to the sun.

Billip5
reply to 'Inghams Also Cancels All Ski Holidays This Season'
posted 10-Mar

Wanderer wrote:Will SAGA take over? All the over 70s will be vaccinated and raring to go


Actually, I believe Saga caters for the over 50s !
Edited 1 time. Last update at 10-Mar-2021

Topic last updated on 10-March-2021 at 18:44

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