30 July 2015 12:00 - General Press Release
Condor Ferries experiences uplift in passenger numbers travelling to the Continent
Condor Ferries has reported a surge in the number of passenger bookings on its UK to France routes over the last few weeks.
With sailings between Poole and St Malo, via the Channel Islands, Condor Ferries provides an alternative route for travellers heading to Brittany and Western France.
The company has seen a 6.2% increase in bookings for July in comparison to the same period last year – which was also strong for the ferry operator.
Alicia Andrews, Executive Director – Commercial at Condor Ferries said: “We are experiencing strong demand for travel from Poole to the Brittany region of France at present. Our bookings are certainly higher than forecast for this time of year on our Poole to St Malo and Portsmouth to Cherbourg routes. Some of this increase in demand is probably down to the strength of the pound against the Euro, which makes the Continent very attractive for holidaymakers looking for a spot of sunshine.
“However, it’s also likely that some of the surge in demand we are seeing can be attributed to the issues facing passengers travelling on the short sea routes between Dover and Calais.”
Condor Ferries offers frequent sailings from the UK to St Malo, via a connecting service in either Jersey or Guernsey – allowing passengers the opportunity to break up their journey briefly and enjoy some time in the Islands before continuing on to the Continent. This can prove particularly appealing to passengers travelling with young children or pets.
Travellers also have the option to include a longer stopover in the Channel Islands, allowing them to really make the most of their journey and let the holiday begin a little sooner.
Passengers onboard Condor Ferries service via the Channel Islands can also take advantage of a wide selection of genuine duty free shopping, with savings of up to 40% on a wide range of wines and spirits, perfumes and cosmetics, confectionary and toys.
Condor Ferries still has some capacity on its routes from Poole to St Malo via the Channel Islands and Portsmouth to Cherbourg over the coming weeks and passengers wishing to travel can find out more or book on Condor Ferries website.
For more information and to book tickets, please visit www.condorferries.com.
17 July 2015 10:45 - General Press Release
Guernsey's most loyal customer
Guernsey’s most loyal holidaymaker marks 75 visits on his 75th birthday
Condor Ferries has celebrated a unique achievement by frequent traveller Gareth Gwyn-Jones who notched up his 75th visit to Guernsey when he arrived on the island this week on board Condor Liberation, to celebrate his 75th birthday.
Alicia Andrews, Executive Director – Commercial for Condor Ferries, commented: “We were delighted to welcome My Gwyn-Jones onboard Condor Liberation as he celebrated this fabulous anniversary. We wanted to ensure this trip was particularly special so we arranged for him to meet the Captain, who presented him with a bottle of Champagne to mark this special occasion.
“To ensure he ends his trip in style, we have also upgraded him to Ocean Club for his return journey, so he can enjoy the panoramic views across the Channel as he sails back home.”
Although Mr Gwyn-Jones chose to travel over on Liberation for this trip, over the years, the professional actor has sailed on most of the ferries linking the Island with the mainland, including the mailboats St Helier, St Julian and St Patrick. He has also flown from most of the major airports and had the unusual experience of flying accompanied by his car from Eastleigh in 1967.
The States Culture and Leisure Minister, Deputy Mike O’Hara, believes this to be a record for the island and has kindly arranged for Mr Gwyn-Jones to mark the occasion by firing the noonday gun on 1 August.
He first visited Guernsey in 1948 with his parents and sister and holidayed nowhere else for the next 15 years, he even spent his honeymoon at La Favourita Hotel in Fermain Bay. Besides holidaying on the Island he has worked there several times, firstly in 1967 when he drove a drinks delivery van for Guppy’s. Between 1988 and 2004, he brought his Gilbert and Sullivan Company, the New Savoyards of London, to St James for a number of popular performances.
His family connections date back to 1912 when his Great Aunt Gwladys moved to Guernsey after marrying grower Perce Le Marchant. His Great-Grandmother Elizabeth Jones also moved to the Island and died there in 1916 and his father was a frequent visitor.