Holidays return

Travel bookings surge after restrictions eased

Holiday bookings rose sharply

Changes to travel regulations have prompted an immediate surge in booking enquiries, according to a sector trade body.

SNP ministers followed their English counterparts and removed the pre-departure test as well as changing the PCR to a lateral flow test on day two for fully-vaccinated travellers.

Mike Tibbert, president of The Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA), the professional body for travel agents and the travel sector in Scotland said the changes had led to an overnight change of sentiment.

“Even at this early stage, with the announcement only being made late in the afternoon yesterday, our members are telling us that enquiries are up over 100% on the previous week and bookings are showing similar levels of growth. 

“Travel agents across Scotland are looking forward to a busy weekend as customer sentiment towards travel increases in positivity. These changes are good for our whole sector.

“However, it should be remembered that, although figures of 100% increase in enquiries and bookings looks significant, the base figures were very low after two years of incredibly poor trading.

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