Travel agencies, cruise lines and airlines gear up for rebound in bookings

As the pace of Covid-19 vaccinations is ramping up, so is consumer confidence — and with it, a surge in travel bookings for later this year and for 2022.

“Many travelers are feeling optimistic that they will be able to vacation abroad this year. Many people are already actively planning their next big trip — even for trips more than four months out,” said Shibani Walia, senior research analyst at Tripadvisor.

2020 was the worst year in history for air travel demand, according to the International Air Transport Association, with global passenger traffic falling more than 65 percent, compared

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Thomas Cook report surge in October holiday bookings due to fears over quarantine hotels

THOMAS COOK has reported a surge in October holiday books, as Brits start to bank on a sun-soaked getaway from autumn onwards.

The travel company, which relaunched as an online travel agent last year after the original tour operator went bust, has predicted an ‘endless summer’ as a result of the new boost.

Beach breaks to the Canaries are proving popular for October


Beach breaks to the Canaries are proving popular for October Credit: Getty – Contributor

It says that more than 40 per cent of its holidays booked this past week are for October onwards – up from only 10 per cent in December.

Dubbing the trend “Flocktober”,

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Viva Las remote office? Allegiant Air to pitch ‘work from Vegas’ travel packages to boost bookings

No-frills Allegiant Air unapologetically caters to vacationers, but the crushing coronavirus pandemic has it scouting a new type of traveler, too.

The Las Vegas-based airline in late August plans to start peddling work-from-Las Vegas travel packages including nonstop airline tickets and a hotel room. The pitch: Fly, stay, work and play.

“We’re working with a top Las Vegas casino resort operator to capture opportunities presented by the rise in remote working,” Scott DeAngelo, the airline’s chief marketing officer, teased on the airline’s earnings conference call Wednesday. “The business traveler paying on the corporate card is now giving way to the

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