A holiday boom in 2018?

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The travel industry is hoping for a bumper year. But that depends on us! © Dan Sperrin

Early booking indications suggest that this year will also be a good year for the travel industry.

Having visited some high street travel agents over the last couple of weekends, it seems to me that they are optimistic about the level of bookings they are getting. At the Destinations show in Manchester last Friday I also saw confidence amongst the tour operators and visitors were telling me that they didn’t plan to cut back on their holiday plans this year. A similar optimism was seen at the Adventure Show in London and at the Holiday World Show in Belfast.

One destination said that they were up on bookings for this year and that tour operators that don’t feature them so far are talking about including it from 2019.

One sign of confidence might be the decision of TUI, the largest tour operator in the UK to expand its Swansea call centre with another 175 jobs taking the total staff employed there to about 450.

A number of countries such as Greece and Tunisia are forecasting bumper years with some saying that enquiries are up and others knowing full well that visitor numbers will be up because new flights have been agreed.

But the travel industry at this time of the year is notoriously optimistic. Since the WTO announced that last year international tourism grew by 7% and by 8% within Europe, the travel industry is relying on you and I to continue our love of travel in order that the boom continues.

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