Easter holiday bookings surge due to vaccine hopes

Cooped up travellers are thinking big for 2021, with lockdown appearing to fuel Britons’ desire to go on a blowout ‘bucket list’ trips next year, tourism companies are reporting.

G Adventures, which specialises in adventure and community travel, is one of the tour operators witnessing a boom in ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ wilderness trip bookings for next year. “Whether it’s due to freedoms being taken away, or more people taking up physical activity, there’s real desire among travellers to make next year count,” says MD Brian Young. 

“Over the last few weeks we’ve seen searches surge,” agrees Richard Slater, owner of Henbury Travel and northwest chairman for ABTA. “Last week, for instance, searches for travel in 2020 were up 20 per cent, while 2021 jumped by 68 per cent.” The destinations of choice? All are far-flung.

“For summer 2021, the Maldives, Dominican Republic, Mauritius and Mexico are our top performers.”

The trend for long haul destinations continues even into 2022, where again, demand is high for the Maldives, Barbados and New York. 

Emma Cooke has the latest.