Travel Companies Report Spike In Sales As Holidaymakers Rush To Book
Travel companies have noticed a spike in sales, with some reporting their biggest Saturday ever, as people rush to book holidays ahead of the 'traffic light system' which will be unveiled on Wednesday.
Spain-holiday.com, which is the third biggest holiday rental site in Spain, reported a record-breaking morning today (27 June).
They aren't the only ones because Britain's leading tour operator, TUI, also reported a 50 percent in bookings compared to last week.
This comes after companies were offering record discounts of up to 70 percent for trips to popular destinations such as France, Spain, Italy and Greece, according to the MailOnline.
Head of International Brands at Spain-holiday.com, Peter Jarvis, said: "We're already seeing a huge increase in online interest in our holiday homes from the UK market, with pool properties being the most popular (up 104 percent).
"Vigilance is absolutely still needed but with sensible precautions on either end we are confident we will see a safe summer in the sun for Brits again this year."
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Under the new traffic light system - which is expected to be in place by 6 July - countries will be rated green, amber or red based on a number of things including: coronavirus infection levels, the reliability of official data and confidence in test and trace systems.
People returning from 'red-rated' countries will still have to quarantine for 14-days on arrival back to the UK but travel from 'green' and 'amber' countries will be quarantine-free.
TUI has announced that it is ready to take Brits on holiday again from 11 July in the first phase of restarting operations.
In phase one of the planned restart, from 11-24 July, up to 8,300 holidaymakers could travel on up to 44 flights per week to Ibiza, Palma, Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, Lanzarote and Tenerife.
TUI plans to add more flights and destinations by the end of July to offer a total of 19 destinations from five UK airports, subject to Government advice.
Andrew Flintham, Managing Director of TUI UK & Ireland said: "We're really excited to be talking about taking people on holiday again. We're of course still waiting on the Government to change its travel advice but we've been working really hard behind the scenes and we're ready to start taking holidaymakers away again in just a few weeks' time.
"Initially, we are focusing on destinations where we anticipate air bridges being in place, such as Greece and Spain. But we know many Brits are eager to travel again, and we have ambitious plans to rapidly increase our programme as soon as possible, to offer even more choice when it comes to holidaying this summer.
"We'll apply every possible health and safety measure to keep our customers and staff safe and protected at every single stage of their journey. We'll also make sure we keep in touch and are as flexible as we can be if people need to amend their holidays".
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