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Fly from Lydd and find yourself in good company with Newmarket Holidays

The recent closure of Manston Airport meant doubts for some Newmarket passengers, not wanting to lose the convenience of flying from Kent. Happily, Lydd (London Ashford) Airport stepped in, ensuring tours would continue as planned. The BBC’s report on our flights is probably the first time Newmarket Holidays and ‘blonde bombshell’ actress Diana Dors have been mentioned together!  And while Newmarket’s Regional Charter Manager Amanda George called this June’s departures a ‘new chapter at Lydd’, it’s also just the latest installment of that airports fascinating – and often forgotten – history.

Holidaymakers may think that flights from the UK have always been centred on its current major airports, such as Heathrow and Gatwick, but in the 1960s – the era of the emerging jet-set – one of the world’s busiest airports was based at Lydd.

Lydd, then known as Ferryfield, began life in 1954 as a home for Silver City Airways, which operated a car and passenger air-ferry service. This very British affair flew to the elegant French resort of Le Touquet and connected travellers with Ostend in Belgium. The airport was already thriving by the time the Duke of Edinburgh visited in his private plane in 1956, although Silver Cities eventually declined with the popularity of alternative Channel crossings – hovercraft and modern ferries.

Commercial air travel once meant that only a lucky few enjoyed the glamour of the skies, but Lydd also became known as a place for famous faces to make incognito departures. Diana Dors took off from Lydd, as did Hollywood stars Humphrey Bogart and Gregory Peck.

A black-and-white photo of Diana Dors arriving at Rome’s Ciampino airport in 1957 shows the actress emerging from an aeroplane ready for the waiting cameras – tanned, sunlit, her fur coat slung over a gloved hand.

It’s a contrast with an earlier shot from Lydd. Dors stands beside her open-top car, a Silver Cities aircraft in the background. She’s a smiling star but things are simple, relaxed and familiar – almost like a family photo.

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In another vintage shot from Lydd, Gregory Peck strolls down the tarmac. He’s chatting with the pilot, his newspaper under his arm, his crumpled raincoat over his arm.

Even more nostalgia can be found in delightful footage from British Pathe news. It shows a group of Boy Scouts boarding their plane to France in 1956. Contenders in an Anglo-French Soapbox Rally, they’re heading out for a ‘cultural exchange’.

Who know’s what the next chapters in Lydd’s story will hold, but customers flying to some of Newmarket Holidays’s most popular destinations this summer can also fly with the knowledge that they’re also following the flightpath of some surprising famous faces.


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Manston uncertainty means Lydd departures for Newmarket Holidays

Holidaymakers in the East Kent area will be pleased to hear that news of the future uncertainty of commercial airline activities at Manston does not mean their summer holidays with us are under threat. Instead, we will be moving our Kent departures to Lydd Airport this summer.

Passengers booked on our ever-popular departures to Verona and Naples this June have already been contacted, and it’s extremely likely this will herald a shift for our remaining 2014, and all future, Kent-based operations to avoid any further uncertainty for our customers.

Commenting on the change in operations, our Regional Charter Manager, Amanda George, said: “We have enjoyed a very happy and successful relationship with Manston International over many years, and will be sad to see the airfield close. However, we are excited to be beginning a new chapter at Lydd, which will mean Kent passengers can still begin and end their holidays at a local airport, which is what they enjoy doing”.

The Lydd Airport’s management team added: “whilst we are shocked and saddened by the situation at Manston, we look forward to working with Newmarket Holidays to enable the people of Kent and East Sussex to continue to fly from their local airport with the minimum of hassle”.

In recognition of the inconvenience the move causes for some of our East Kent passengers we’ve also been able to arrange free parking at Lydd airport for any customers wishing to leave their car there for the duration of their time away with us.

We hope to have further details about autumn operations out of Kent in the next few days.

To find out about current packages departing from Lydd, go to http://www.newmarketholidays.co.uk/airports/lyx


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Newmarket Holidays Appoints New Retail Sales Manager

Our travel agent partnerships have gone from strength to strength over the last few years, and that’s partly down to the hard work of one man – Richard Forde. Previously Agency Sales Manager at Travelscope, Richard joined Newmarket Holidays in 2010. Four years and many many visists to travel agents up and down the country later, he’s taken another step up into a new role – Retail Sales Manager. We caught up with him on a flying visit back to Newmarket Towers to find out what that means and what his new post involves.

Meet the Team… Richard FordeRichard Forde_2014

What does your role at Newmarket Holidays involve?
Analysis of sales figures, coordinating brochure launches and distribution, managing communications out to the trade, attending roadshows and trade functions, in store visits and training, making sure all agents and the Newmarket team are happy… the list goes on and on!

How long have you worked here?
Just over four years now.

What’s the best part of your job?
The constant variety.

What would your dream holiday be?
Koh Samui, Thailand. It has great weather, lovely beaches, fantastic food and the people are so friendly!

Who would your dream travelling companion be, and why?
Chris Evans. He’s always upbeat and I think he’d be great fun!

What’s your top travel tip?
I’m going to sound like my mother now, but I always take a couple of spare carrier bags for wet and/or dirty clothes and footwear!


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Amanda George joins Newmarket from Humberside Airport

Newmarket Holidays have announced the appointment of Amanda George to the role of Regional Charter Manager. Amanda joins the specialist tour operator after 13 years at Humberside Airport, where she was moamanda4st recently Head of Travel Sales.

In her new role, Amanda will be working alongside Newmarket’s Regional Charter Sales Director Alison Keeble, who has headed up the company’s programme since 2001, and who will be reducing her workload during the course of 2014.

Amanda held various roles at Manchester Airport Group including Aviation Manager, Regional Airports (East Midlands, Bournemouth and Humberside), and prior to joining Humberside Airport had significant experience working within the retail travel trade. She is now looking forward to full-time tour operating: “Having worked with Newmarket for over a decade, I am more than aware of the high standards of the company’s Regional Airport Charter programme, and am really excited to be involved with its future development, especially working alongside Alison, who I have known for many years.”

Newmarket Holidays operates special charter flights to European destinations including Naples, Verona, Oporto and Dubrovnik, as well as Lapland Day Trips, from a number of regional gateways.


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‘Traditional’ Lapland is a truly magical experience!

It was smiles – and a few tears of joy – all round as Newmarket Holidays’ inaugural Lapland Santa Experience took to the skies from Gatwick Airport on December 1st, heralding this month’s series of day trips from regional airports to remote Pajala – gateway to Swedish Lapland.

Accompanied by elves from the specialist tour operator’s Surrey HQ, the trip was declared a huge success by wide-eyed passengers and organisers alike, with the 150-strong group enjoying a day full of traditional Lappish adventures that included a husky-dog sleigh ride, encounters with reindeer, the chance to ride on high-powered ‘ski-doos’ and the ultimate treat – a magical ride through the forest to the remote hideaway of A Very Special Person. With each family group enjoying a private meeting in Santa’s living room, with ‘Mrs Christmas’ busy handing out warming hot lemonade to gleeful visitors, there were more than a few tears shed – especially by mums and dads accompanying their awe-struck offspring.

Organised by Newmarket in association with Pajala Airport and the local Lappish community, who are keen to see their local Arctic Circle region offer an alternative to their Finnish neighbour’s, this inaugural day drew wide coverage from Swedish media, with a phalanx of journalists and TV crews greeting the flight’s arrival at Pajala’s tiny airport.

Commenting on the day’s success, Newmarket Marketing Director Phil O’Sullivan was full of praise for the way in which the local community had gone out of their way to ensure that the visitors were treated to a truly magical, unforgettable experience. “This is Christmas as it’s meant to be”, said Mr O’Sullivan. “As an alternative to the mass-tourism and theme-park approaches of bigger resorts, this is a genuine Lappish experience that will be remembered by those that come forever.”

Lapland taken by Monica Wells for Newmarket Holidays


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November 2013: an award-winning month!

It’s not long now until Christmas, and here at Newmarket Holidays we’re looking back on an excellent birthday year. And we’re also feeling thrilled with a couple of early presents!

Once again, we have been honoured in the British Travel Awards - adding to our 2012 award for Best Operator to Italy and our 2011 award for Best Coach Holiday Operator. This month we’re celebrating because we’ve now been named Best Large Holiday Company Escorted Tours 2013. We’re especially proud be recognised here, because the awards are decided by the general public, and it’s great to know that our customers think we’re delivering award-winning quality across a number of different areas. A special thanks goes out to everyone who took the time to vote for us, as well as to our wonderful, hardworking Newmarket team!

It doesn’t stop with the BTAs, though. Just this morning, we learned that we’ve also been presented with the award for Biggest Overall Leisure Groups Operator by Disneyland Paris - reflecting the popularity of our Disneyland Paris ‘Family Fun Breaks’. We’ve been able to offer a real range of magical holiday choices, from Bank Holiday and Half-term trips to Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year celebrations. We were competing with a range of major tour operators and smaller, specialist travel firms for this award, and we’re proud and pleased that so many happy customers have chosen to book with Newmarket Holidays.

The award also shines a light on the success of our Study Experiences section. Study Experiences has become the UK’s leading provider of education-inclusive travel and tours for schools. Their innovative, learning-based holidays include trips to Disneyland Paris, such as the chance to perform live with the Disney Performing Arts Onstage team as hosts, and a break that uses inspiring seminars and interactive workshops to explore the park’s use of computers and technology. Study Experiences and their sister-section Sport Experiences prove that the world has come a long way from the conventional school trips of old.

Adding to our awards collection this November has been a wonderful and unexpected ‘Christmas Bonus’, but when it comes to January, our New Year’s Resolutions are already made. We’ll be aiming to keep up the same high standard of customer service and exciting range of tours that has allowed us to thrive into our 30th birthday year.

Visit www.studyexperiences.co.uk to find out more about Study Experiences, or www.sportexperiences.co.uk for information about Sport Experiences.


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Newmarket Holidays nominated for FIVE British Travel Awards

High summer is always an exciting time of year at Newmarket Holidays. Quite apart from the buzz and bustle of building, selling and operating holidays to everywhere from Lake Garda to the West Coast USA via Andre Rieu concerts in Vienna and Maastricht, it’s when we first hear whether we’ve been lucky enough (and good enough!) to win any nominations in the annual British Travel Awards. The Awards aren’t just important because of the exposure they give us as a company - they’re also a really lovely indicator of how the ‘quiet majority’ of our customers feel about the service we provide and the holidays they have with us.

And so, we’re delighted to announce that, this year, Newmarket Holidays has been nominated for five different British Travel Awards. We’re in the running for:

Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company
Best Coach Holiday Company
Best Holiday Company to the Italian Peninsula and Malta
Best Holiday Company to the USA
Best Holiday Company for Customer Service

We hope you’ll agree that this is pretty great, and we’d really like to win in every category. But to do that we’ll need your help because it’s public votes – your votes – that will decide the winner, not some shadowy panel of experts or special travel trade selection process.

Since we won our first award, Best Coach Holiday Operator, at the 2011 British Travel Awards your votes have been incredibly good to us. Last year we were nominated in three categories, won one (Best Tour Operator to the Italian Peninsula and Malta) and placed in the top three in the other two despite really strong opposition. So, we really hope that you’ll take the time to vote and help us win again.

And (at the risk of over-egging the pudding!) don’t forget that every person who votes will automatically be entered into a fantastic prize draw and will have the chance to win one of a whole host of really exciting holiday prizes.

To find out more, and to find out how to go about voting, take a look at www.newmarketholidays.co.uk/votenow or go straight to www.britishtravelawards.com and get voting now.

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