Press Release: CONTIKI VACATIONS ANNOUNCES 2011 PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITY – SUMMER EUROPE PREVIEW SPECIAL

 Contiki Invites Travelers to Save Hundreds on 2011 Trips by Planning Ahead

ANAHEIM, Calif. – September 20, 2010 Contiki Vacations, the leader in fun travel packages for 18-35 year olds, is pleased to announce the 2011 Preview Sale. By putting down a deposit for a summer Europe trip before November 15th, travelers have the unique opportunity to lock in 2010 rates. Contiki is also offering $225 in savings for select tours eight days or longer.

“We will match the deposit and provide an excursion voucher to use towards optional activities while on vacation,” says Michelle Murray, Director of Marketing and Key Accounts at Contiki. “Travelers who plan their Europe Contiki trip early will receive exceptional value.” The offer is combinable with Contiki’s early payment deal for trips booked six to 12 months in advance.

Contiki’s most popular trips are eligible for the Preview sale, including Greek Island Hopping, European Discovery, and Egypt and the Nile. For details, restrictions, and most importantly to reserve your spot, visit www.contiki.com/preview or call 1-866-CONTIKI.

About Contiki: Contiki has helped students and young professionals travel to the world’s most fantastic destinations for over 45 years. The trips are hassle-free and include the perfect mix of sightseeing, culture and free time.  Choose from over 190 itineraries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada & the USA. For more information, visit Contiki.com.

Forget the Business of Planning, Get Down to Traveling

Contiki Enables Travelers to Relax and Enjoy the Ride!

For today’s young professionals, vacation planning can be overwhelming - especially if travelers are attempting itineraries that cover a lot of territory in a limited amount of time. Coupled with the obligations of work or school, traveling can be a daunting (if not impossible) mission. Offering just under 200 packages all over the world, Contiki takes all the hassle and stress out of vacation planning.

“Contiki relieves stress for travelers by taking care of the heavy preparation and research that goes into planning a vacation. With Contiki, travelers are able to relax and enjoy their free time without worrying about transportation, lodging, language barriers, safety and other potential complicated matters,” noted Contiki President, Greg “Fish” Fischbein. “In addition, Contiki passengers have the benefit of traveling with other like-minded people from all around the world – it’s a cultural immersion inside and out.”

“Time is often an issue for working professionals and students. With limited vacation time and heavy work loads, it can be difficult to find the time to go on vacation let alone plan one,” added Michelle Murray, Director of Marketing and Key Accounts. “With Contiki, you select the itinerary and Contiki takes you to the cultural attractions, hot spots, hidden gems, and must see’s on the route. Our optional excursions allow for travelers to customize their trips with activities such as museum visits, white water rafting, Flamenco shows, wine tasting, and shopping.”

Additionally, globe trekkers looking to paint the town red can feel good about the green initiatives Contiki is undertaking to reduce the impact of tourism on the environment. From reducing overall company resource consumption and waste to applying recycling and energy reduction programs at all offices and operational facilities, Contiki is dedicated to the fight against climate change and reducing carbon emissions. In honor of their commitment Contiki has set up The World Conservation Foundation and is donating $1 million per year to fund sustainable tourism projects across the globe. For more information on Contiki’s green initiatives, please visit Contiki.com/ResponsibleTravel

Press Release: Contiki Auction Winner Saves Hundreds on European Travel Package

Upcoming Travel Auction Opportunities include Russia, Ireland, and the Mediterranean

ANAHEIM, Calif., February 18, 2010 Contiki Vacations, the leader in fun travel packages for 18-35 year olds, recently launched an auction program that offers international and exotic trips for an incredibly affordable price.  Contiki introduced its first online auction in November 2009 and received an enthusiastic response from hundreds of potential travelers. 

To follow up on the success of their first auction, Contiki then offered the ever-popular 11-day European Magic trip with an opening price of 99 cents. After three days of non-stop bidding, the winner saved nearly $600 on the tour package.  “As young travelers, we want the experience, the freedom, the culture and the bragging rights that come with European travel” says Greg Fischbein, Contiki’s President. “The auction is another way for Contiki to provide access to that once-in-a-lifetime trip.”

Contiki’s European Magic takes prime European destinations and packs them into one awesome adventure.  Celebrating the cultural differences, Contiki’s tour managers deliver a “locals only” run of seven different countries.  Travelers wine and dine in Paris and Venice; explore the streets of London; shop in Switzerland; sample the beer gardens throughout Germany and enjoy the cafés in Amsterdam.  In covering such diverse countries, travelers know that each day is guaranteed to bring the best of each location and something completely different from the day before. 

Contiki will continue to release select travel packages for upcoming auctions in 2010. Stay tuned to auction.contiki.com for upcoming opportunities to save big. Up next: Russia (3/2/10 – 3/5/10); Ireland (3/16/10 – 3/19/10); and Mediterranean Highlights (3/30/10 – 4/2/10).