Kuoni has seen a “strong upswing” in honeymoon enquiries over the past week as Covid-19 restrictions have started to be lifted.
The operator said interest in booking honeymoons has been at its highest level since the Covid-19 lockdown started in March, with “thousands” of online honeymoon searches in past few days.
The surge in enquiries comes as weddings and civil partnerships for up to 30 guests are now permitted in England, while Friday (10 July) also sees quarantine restrictions lifted on travel from nearly 60 countries in both England and Scotland.
Derek Jones, Kuoni’s chief executive, said: “Weddings are now back on - albeit in a smaller way for now - and so is the honeymoon as couples start to reorganise their special day.
“We’re helping more and more couples each week plan what is essentially the most important holiday of their lifetime and the past week has shown a clear upswing in demand and a renewed confidence to go ahead and book.”
Over the past three months, Kuoni has been busy rearranging couples’ honeymoons and trips, which had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
Kuoni added that more couples were considering booking a short “mini-moon” break this year to a European destination followed by a long-haul trip in 2021 or 2022.
“With smaller weddings of up to 30 possible in England this year, we’ve had couples come to us looking for a short escape this year to places including Spain, Italy and Greece, and deciding that they’ll do their big trip later and make it bigger and better than ever,” added Jones.
Kuoni’s most popular long-haul destinations for honeymoons in 2021 are the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Kenya and Tanzania, and South Africa.