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Couples ‘saving and upgrading’ for honeymoons

Kuoni releases honeymoon report

Couples are “saving and upgrading” for their honeymoon as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Kuoni’s new report.

The average honeymoon has risen by £530 from £7,709 in 2019 to £8,247 for 2021, based on advance bookings so far.

There has also been a double digit increase in the number of couples taking two honeymoons, with one short-haul trip immediately after their wedding ceremony with another, larger, trip planned for next year or the year after.

Other trends include private pool villas, secluded luxury away from the crowds and multi-destinations including adventure and beach.

The Maldives tops the dream honeymoon destination list for 2021 followed by Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Kenya and Tanzania, South Africa, Italy, Bali, Thailand, Greece and the Seychelles.     Despite travel restrictions for immediate travel,  couples are continuing to plan ahead. 

Stacey Owens, one of Kuoni’s honeymoon experts, said: “I’ve worked really closely with couples since the coronavirus crisis started to impact so many honeymoon plans over the summer. It’s been rewarding to help couples reshape such a special trip at an emotional time for them.  They’ve had the huge disappointment that their wedding plans aren’t going ahead and at times we’ve all been in tears.  We’ve pulled out all the stops to help couples with their plans.  The human touch has been welcomed.”

Derek Jones, CEO of Kuoni, said: “This has been an emotional time for a lot of couples and behind the scenes our team have moved mountains to help couples change their plans, recreating complex itineraries for new dates next year or even the year after.   We’ve helped change honeymoon plans for doctors, nurses and key workers and our flexible approach has been welcomed at a really stressful time.”

A honeymoon is still the most important holiday of a couple’s life and the signs are that despite the turmoil in travel, people are still determined to adapt their wedding and honeymoon plans within the guidelines so we’ve booked all sorts of last minute trips closer to home.  But there’s no doubt that the romance of travel is alive and well and the lure of the wonders of the world is still as strong as it ever was.”

The full report can be downloaded here https://www.kuoni.co.uk/press-room


Sam Ballard is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, creator of ABTA Magazine, Cruise Adviser, Solus and more.