Gen Y kills Contiki: travel company leaves its European camping holiday package after five decades because millennials refuse to stay in tents
- Contiki stops its & # 39; original & # 39; camping trip throughout Europe due to low demand
- The director of the company said that & # 39; young people don't want to camp & # 39;
- The last group of guests for the & # 39; Original & # 39; The company's camping trip left last week
Contiki has left its European camping holiday package after five decades because customers now refuse to stay in tents.
The last group of travelers on the & # 39; Original & # 39; campsite return from the youth-oriented travel organization from London to destinations such as Barcelona, Athens and Istanbul left last week.
& # 39; The reason why we are retiring our Original tour is because young people no longer want to camp & # 39 ;, director Katrina Barry said The Australian.
Contiki has left its European camping holiday package after five decades because customers now refuse to stay in tents
In the early days of the company, tour participants traveled out of their own tents and pitched them – often hangovers – and slipped it into sleeping bags as they traveled through Europe.
Today, company guests – with an average age of 23 – want the comfort of home, including fast Wi-Fi and luxurious bathrooms.
Alcohol has also taken a back seat because tripgoers are much more health conscious and want unique experiences instead of parties.
& # 39; I would say that 50% of our customers & # 39; Doing yoga on the lawn at seven in the morning, & Mrs. Barry said.
The travel agency was founded by New Zealand John Anderson to finance his own journey through Europe.
Anderson traveled alone in London and without much money – so he bought a yellow VW Kombi bus and sold seats for around £ 100.
Since the modest start of that six-week journey, the company has become one of the largest tour operators in the world.
The company focuses on travel for 18-35 year old guests and promotes the tour packages as a mix of adventure and fun.
One of the participants in this last Contiki camping trip, Jason Hyam, 21, from Sydney, said a stay in tents was a great experience and a good bond for the group.
The 18-person tour spends 46 nights in double tents and visits 23 countries in Europe – many with the same destinations as the first tour.
& # 39; I am super excited to be part of the last Contiki camping trip, but sad to think that others will never get this authentic travel experience, & # 39; said Mr. Hyam.
The last group of travelers on the & # 39; Original & # 39; campsite return from the youth-oriented travel company from London to destinations such as Barcelona, Athens and Istanbul left last week
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