Travel Counsellors trades above 2019 levels over last 28 days

Travel Counsellors has recorded one of its highest trading months of the last two years, trading above 2019 levels.

Sales over the last 28 days were 127% up on sales for the same period in 2019, pre-pandemic, the company said.

Leisure sales in the week commencing November 8 up 135% on the same week two years ago and corporate bookings were 87% up on 2019.

The company attributed the removal of the government’s amber list, the red list reducing to zero and the reopening of US borders for the boost in leisure bookings.

Most leisure bookings made in the last week were for January 2022 departures, led by the US, which accounts for 12% of all January sales. Spain also accounts for 12% of January bookings, followed by the United Arab Emirates, which makes up 9%.

Last-minute departures for December have also sold well, according to the homeworking travel agency group, with Lapland in Finland the number-one choice for families for Christmas.

Jim Eastwood, global sales director, said: “As consumer confidence continues to rise, the demand for holidays keeps growing week by week, and our trading figures are just a reflection of that resurgence.”

The company also reported a hike of 30% in the number of leisure customers using its Travel Counsellors in the last month. Eastwood said this showed “trusted travel advice” was “more important than ever” in the current trading environment.

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