Press release

Is the royal wedding going to cause mass exodus?

Tuesday 12 April 2011

Saga Survey confirms many are heading off not tuning in

When people think of the over 50s perhaps they think of people who would stand in the rain for hours to get a glimpse of a royal procession - but the actualité turns out to be a little different according to a new survey released by Saga Holidays. Presented with a chance to get away on an extended Bank Holiday period - many are taking advantage of the opportunity.

Half of the population are planning on being at home, and a third are expecting to watch the Royal Wedding on TV, making it the one programme to watch on the 29th April. Over a third of us are either undecided or definitely taking a break, using an extra three days ‘time-off-work’ to enjoy a holiday that could last anything up to 11 days.

Furthermore, many of those due to travel are genuinely seeking to get away from it all. Three quarters of those intending to be away over the wedding-weekend have no plans to follow the proceedings on television, preferring perhaps to opt for guaranteed “no signal” adventures in destinations such as Bhutan, Bolivia or Borneo.

Men are more likely to be looking to discover pastures new with only 25% intending on watching the wedding compared to 55% of women.

Susan Hooper, CEO Saga Holidays, said “ We continue to see an increase in our customers opting for more adventurous and far flung destinations every year, and the no signal zones of the Far East, South America and Africa promise a wedding-free experience for those who want it”

Saga’s unforgettable experiences collections offers:

Andean Adventure - 13 nights from £2849 per person

For one of the most awe-inspiring sites in the world head to Bolivia’s beautiful salt flats, whose rippled surface, the size of Hong Kong, is broken only by the occasional island. This amazing trip also offers the chance to stay in the unique Salt Hotel Luna Salada, built entirely from salt blocks cut from the salt flats.

The Himalayan Trail to Bhutan - 16 nights from £3698 per person

Discover the mysterious Kingdom of Bhutan, considered to be one of the most isolated countries in the world on an enchanting tour. Breathtaking scenery and the incredible Taktsang Dzong monastery clinging to a cliff face 3000 feet above the Paro Valley are highlights of this tour.

Borneo Rainforest Adventure - 14 nights from £2199 per person

Travelling in a small group Saga heads into the rainforests of Borneo for the chance to see the endangered orangutans in the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre before cruising along the Menanggol River where you can get up close to the wonderful wildlife and observe authentic life in the riverside villages.


The research was commissioned by Saga through Populus, who received 12,523 online responses from Saga customers over 50 between March 11-18, 2011.

For more information please contact the Saga Press Office on 01303 771529



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