The industry has seen a big jump in new booking enquiries despite continued confusion over where and how consumers can travel, TTG’s latest Travel Agent Tracker has found.
Data from Week 14, ending 10 July, found 87% of respondents had acquired new booking enquiries in the past seven days, a spike of almost eight percentage points on the previous week.
Only 17% said booking enquiries were down, while 37% said levels of enquiries had stayed the same.
Agents’ comments were mixed, but some were very positive, with one saying: “Starting to get really busy.”
When it came to actual sales, 69% said they had made a booking in the past week and 39% said sales were up.
However, there are definite signs consumers are still confused and apprehensive about travelling.
“There is some interest in last minute staycations, but none of my clients are wanting to go overseas this year,” said one agent.
Another added: “The lack of clarity over safe destinations has not helped.”