By Ron Howells • 18 June 2021 • 10:26
British Holidaymakers Postponing Getaways Over Uncertainty With UK Government’s Traffic Light System. image: Wikipedia
British Holidaymakers Postponing Getaways Over Uncertainty With UK Government’s Traffic Light System.
BRITONS are postponing their holidays over uncertainty with the current changes to destinations on the government’s traffic light system, according to a recent report from Travel Counsellors who said that people are now looking well ahead when planning their next big holiday.
Almost a third of new holiday bookings (31 per cent) made last week were for winter 2021-22, and 23 per cent were for summer 2022 with the UK still remaining this year’s most popular summer destination for staycations.
The US, Maldives, UAE and Barbados are leading the bookings for the winter, while Spain, Greece, and the US and are the most searched popular destinations for summer 2022.
Travel Counsellors received more than 500 customer enquiries for summer staycations last week, as the UK remains as the most popular destination for this summer – 23 per cent of new summer bookings made last week – followed by Greece (8 per cent) and the US (8 per cent).
Global sales director Jim Eastwood said: “Because of the current travel insecurity and the government’s ambiguity on amber destinations, customers are planning well ahead and making bookings – or rebooking – for up to summer next year. By booking with one of our trusted travel advisors clients can receive the latest advice and know that there is someone on hand to amend arrangements should plans have to change, whilst being safe in the knowledge that their money is fully financially protected.
“Travel has of course become more complex than ever, with the traffic light system and latest FCDO advice to navigate. Placing travel plans in the hands of an experienced travel professional has never felt so important.”
Smaller, independent businesses are reporting similar booking patterns with consumers holding off until at least late summer, and those who had already booked for summer postponing.
David Matthews, who runs Further Afield, a collection of small hotels, B&Bs and self-catering properties in the UK and Europe, said property owners he spoke to have seen every booking for May pushed back to the autumn. Matthews, who also owns a guesthouse in Andalucia, added that bookings for his own business were from the domestic market and Germany: “We have not seen anything at all from the UK.”
Around 13,000 Brits rushed to get back after Portugal was put on the UK’s amber travel list. Faro was among six airports in Portugal – others include Lisbon and Porto – from which holidaymakers jetted to the UK today on more than 70 flights.
Some Brits even clubbed together to pay for private jets home. Katherine Hitchen, 30, was among those forced to cut short a holiday when No10 removed Portugal’s green list travel status.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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