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Blanket Trips - Free Trips
Blanket Trip Wars
A few years ago, the streets of Benidorm were strewn with touters, enticing with annoying, brochure-thrusting, timeshare-esgue gusto, the latest flip flop arrivals from the UK, offering free trips to local attractions like Guadalest, Moraira market, Jalon valley and the Fonts de algar, to name a few.
The competition was fierce, and one British company took it a pone themselves to employ eastern European thugs to threaten rival street inviters. One provocation ending with violence and an arrest. After such incidents the streets were swooped and cleaned up -- to a degree, with the larger more reputable companies moving into the hotels and paying for collaboration's with high profile tour operators, leaving the smaller blanket trip companies to tout the street and ignore the fines, eventually closing.
So what is a Blanket Trip?
A spokesperson for one of the largest and more reputable excursion companies stated. "We always make it clear that we offer an excursion (packed full of useful information from the bus representative) to a fantastic destination, and in return we only ask that they sit in the comfort of our modern showrooms, and watch a health presentation, we provide refreshments and try to make the experience as pleasant as possible, and remember it's completely free of charge."
The health presentation is forty five minutes long, on average, and informative. Explaining their therapeutic sleep system, covering anything from dust mites, Eliocel Vacuum Flex mattresses to the pros and cons of Marino wool verses normal bedding. Currently they offer a silk duvet, hence the name blanket trip.
Most trip durations consist of morning trips, with pick-ups around 9:00 arriving back at the Hotel for 15:30-1730, depending on the trip. Afternoon trip pick-ups start at 11:30, arriving back at the Hotel for 17:30 aiming to get People back to the Hotels for their all-inclusive dinners.
Some of the countries currently offering Blanket trips:
Spain including: Benidorm, Malaga, Almeria and Salou,
The trips are aimed at mainly the British because they are presented in English and offer free delivery to the UK.