Falkirk travel agent reports increased holiday interest in 2022

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Following the recent announcement confirming the easing of travel testing, Barrhead Travel says there are signs that confidence is returning to the holiday market in 2022.

The company reported increased interest in 2022 vacations as well as growing demand for travel before the end of March.

In fact, since travel testing rules were relaxed, the agency says holiday inquiries have increased by 165%, with top travel destinations in 2022 including Tenerife, New York and Orlando.

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The Falkirk High Street branch of Barrhead Travel

Barrhead Travel President Jacqueline Dobson said: “Travel is set to make a significant comeback in 2022 with restrictions continuing to ease across the world. There has been a great lack of travel in recent years, whether for vacation, business or to reunite with loved ones.

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“January is traditionally the most popular time of year to book holidays and we are already seeing much more confidence in the market than at this time last year. Omicron caused some uncertainty in December, but the easing of testing will go a long way to kick-starting the resumption of travel.

“Our customers tell us they can’t wait for their holidays this year. One of the biggest hurdles was testing costs and we’re already noticing a difference in how relaxation builds confidence.

“Before Omicron, last minute holiday bookings were on the rise – this trend naturally slowed in December due to increased uncertainty and restrictions. Now we expect to see higher demand for late departures .

“Summer 2022 is also selling very well as families look to secure deals while prices and value-added offers are still available for school holiday dates. Availability for 2022 is likely to decrease faster than d usual due to demand and the volume of postponed bookings, so we recommend anyone looking to travel in spring or summer this year to book sooner rather than later.

ABTA’s Travel Association report on travel in 2022 indicates that 61% of people intend to go on holiday abroad this year.

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