Staff, 2022-10-09 18:10:37,
Travellers are rediscovering their “spirit of adventure” after putting “big holiday plans on hold” due to the pandemic, according to a luxury travel company.
Kuoni said it has seen a surge in interest for complex, long-haul holidays featuring multiple locations over the past four weeks.
The Surrey-based tour operator’s tailor-made division experienced a 36% increase in website visits during that period compared with the previous four weeks.
Bookings in the past four weeks for Thailand holidays late in the year were 87% higher than in 2019, while sales of group tours to India have recovered to 80% of pre-pandemic levels.
Other locations with a recent rise in popularity among UK holidaymakers include Costa Rica, Japan and Kenya, Kuoni said.
The company released the figures on the eve of UK travel trade organisation Abta’s annual convention in Marrakesh, Morocco.
It is the first time the event will be held overseas since the start of the pandemic, indicating the sector’s renewed confidence.
Kuoni chief executive Francis Torrilla said: “The spirit of adventure is back.
“A thirst for exploration is definitely in play for British travellers and there’s been a notable shift even in recent weeks.
“Many people have put their big holiday plans on hold for three years, so they are coming to us for advice and expertise.”
Mr Torrilla explained that a year ago, most bookings were for…
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