Travelsphere has reported a rise in bookings and enquiries to the US and Europe in recent weeks.

The escorted tours operator said the increase had prompted it to launch a week-long sale on US holidays, which started on July 3, with £250 off some of its most popular trips.

The sale followed an increase in bookings, searches and enquiries of Travelsphere’s US and European holidays.

Alastair Campbell, managing director, said: “Over the past few weeks we have seen an upsurge in bookings, enquiries and online searches for Travelsphere’s USA and European holidays.

“It is fantastic to seeing the confidence for travel coming back and based on feedback from our loyal customers we wanted to say thank you to them by offering our most popular tours to the USA at some of our most competitive prices.”

He added: “While it is surprising given the news coming out of the USA, the demand reinforces the importance and attraction of this great destination, our customers are clearly eager to get stateside in 2021.”

One of its most popular US trips is the two-week Best of the West tour, priced from £2,399. It starts in Los Angeles, heads to San Diego and on to Prescott in Arizona, taking in the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, a drive through the Mojave Desert and on to San Francisco via Yosemite National Park.

Travelsphere’s worldwide holidays start with a private chauffeur transfer in a premium car to the airport.

Campbell said this was particularly important in the current climate. He said: “Having conducted lots of research with our customers we know that the private chauffer service is really important to them given the current climate, and knowing their money is completely protected.

“It is really important for our trade partners to be aware that their customer’s money is completely safe, all Travelsphere holidays are financially protected via Atol for the flight-inclusive holidays and financial failure insurance for our non-flight packages.”

Any monies paid to Travelsphere is held in a trust until the customer’s return from holiday, he added. The trust is governed by an independent third party.

Campbell added: “We would like to reassure our trade partners and customers that we are working closely with our agents in destination to ensure that they are following all of the latest health and safety guidance that we are being given by government and Abta.

“At Travelsphere we focus on smaller group sizes which not only means customers can really immerse themselves in the culture of the country, it is also easier to follow the social distancing guidelines on the coach, in the restaurants and while exploring.”