Some travel tips for 2021 part one

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As usual and over the next three days Just about Travel looks at some of those organisations involved in the industry to see what they are tipping for the coming year.

Kuoni see the maldives as one of the destinations Britons will visit in 2021. This is Ayada

But before we present some of their views, a reminder that the UK will have left the EU.

Although a trade deal has now been done, expect to see changes at airports, ports and at entry and exit points. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity before it expires. Be prepared for delays at exit and entry points as the old EU and non EU passport lanes are altered to reflect that UK passport holders will probably go through the non EU lines in most countries. Make sure you have travel insurance because your EHIC card should have no value (although there have been some negotiations with individual countries) and you may have to pay commercial rates for healthcare.

You also won’t need a visa for spending up to 90 days in an EU country.

The views below are not suggestions of where to holiday immediately because restriction of one sort or another will probably last for a few months as countries deal with the new variant of coronavirus. It is for later in the year towards Easter and Summer.

Lets start with Kuoni, primarily a long-haul specialist but which did introduce domestic holidays into its offerings in 2020. It has also identified some new rends that have arisen out of the dreadful year we have encountered.

It thinks that we will be willing to spend more money on holidays in 2021 perhaps because we didn’t spend much on holidays in 2020. It says that the average spend per booking is up £683 from 2019 to £9,231 as customers looks to upgrade with business class flights, helicopter transfers and extra experiences such as hot air balloon flights. But then Kuoni is an upmarket brand but one which attracts holidaymakers from across all groups.

It says that the Maldives tops the list of the most popular long-haul destinations and its attraction has been boosted by having a travel corridor with the UK. In addition there are more direct flights than previously and, and probably significantly. The Maldives offers isolated retreats with private pool villas.

Remaining long-haul for a bit longer, Kuoni says that Antigua is the top island in the Caribbean while the Seychelles, safaris – especially Kenya and Botswana – are also proving popular for its customers.

In the short-haul market, demand is rising for Italy and Greece and those are the only two European countries that appear in the tour operator’s top ten.

Thailand, Bali in Indonesia, Si Lanka and Japan round off the top ten list issued by the company.

Sri Lanka elephants; one of the many reasons holidaymakers spend time in the country

Kuoni says that it is seeing a trend for bookings for almost immediate travel and, at completely the other end of the spectrum, those who are planning for a year or even longer away.

In keeping with many other organisations, CV Holidays have seen a big spike in bookings for properties offering more seclusion and security in that there are stringent cleaning protocols in place.

2020 was also a year where families were, in some cases, split apart by being larger bubble groups that rules permitted. GIC Holidays says that it expects to see a trend developing for more people to go away with their wider families, across several generations, to really make the most of every minute together. It also has noted a trend where families are booking longer stays than prior to the pandemic.

(to be continued tomorrow)

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