Travel bookings for 2020 are dwindling to a standstill as agents continue to grapple with lack of clarity over the future direction of travel.
The latest TTG Travel Agent Tracker, highlighting sales in the week ending May 8th, showed that of the small number of holidays still being booked with travel agents in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, the number made for later in 2020 had now halved to 10% of bookings.
Overall 38% of travel agents responding to the survey said they had made sales last week, marginally down from 41% the week before.
The number of agents seeing solid inquiries was also consistent – at 60%, down from 63% in the prior week.
20% of customer inquiries were around cruises. While beach holidays were the most popular type of holiday requested, agents also quoted receiving enquiries about “luxury rentals away from everyone” and holidays in the UK & Ireland.
This week’s TTG Travel Agent Tracker saw responses from 228 agents - 50% were homeworkers, with 32% independent high street agents.