Holiday bookings rise

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The independent franchise travel agency, Travel Counsellors, is reporting the results of a recent survey that suggests that 2021 new holiday bookings have now reached almost 80% of pre-pandemic levels compared to the same period from March – April 2019.

Consumer confidence seems to be returning about holidays

In addition, some cruise companies are reporting good booking figures for round UK cruises.

Travel Counsellors conclude that the survey shows that consumers remain confident that summer holidays both overseas and at home are on the cards, despite current confusion over the yet to be announced green, amber and red list countries to be in the middle of May. 

The organisation says that its top five selling destinations for summer travel currently are Spain, Greece, the UK, the USA and the UAE. Perhaps the only surprises are the appearances of the USA and the UAE where it might be expected that Turkey would join the top five.

Could it be that people are comfortable in sitting in a plane for 5-9 hours again? If so, this is good news for airlines and tour operators.

Travel Counsellors says that it is continuing to see an increase in bookings of UK holidays. This follows on anecdotal evidence that some tourist officials in destinations like Cornwall and the Lake District are saying that there aren’t many places left for bookings in the height of summer.

Yesterday, to test just how busy it was I looked at booking a  four star hotel break choosing to look at the Peak District, North Yorkshire, the Welsh Marches, the Scottish Borders, the Cotswold’s and Northumbria with little success for a five day or a weekend break. I could find a couple of days mid-week but found it hard going for August.

According to Travel Counsellors, the top five staycation destinations currently are Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Norfolk, the Lake District and the Isle of Wight which was why I deliberately chose not to look in any of these and to judge how well other British destinations were doing outside of these five.

Kirsten Hughes, the boss at  Travel Counsellors, says:  “This year we’ve seen UK staycations enter into our top five selling list for the first time – to date it is our third highest summer ’21 selling destination following Spain and Greece, with a huge amount of interest in UK domestic cruising.

Provided we can travel abroad, both domestic and overseas holidays possibilities are looking better than many expected.

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