Industry professionals have been among the first people back in destinations following the gradual resumption of travel from July 10.
Typically Holidays‘ Tony Byrne spent five days travelling from Venice via Florence, Siena, Viareggio to to Pisa, to find out what the customers will be. Find many more updates on the operator’s Facebook page.
Luxury tour operator Inspiring Travel Company hosted five agents at Marbella Club for its first post-pandemic fam trip.
Travel Weekly’s news editor Ben Ireland was one of the first passengers to touch down in Ibiza when he joined a Tui media trip to the Balearic island.
You can read his views on the flight experience here:
Comment: Travelling abroad is basically the same… with a mask
… and hear his thoughts on the post-Covid differences at all-inclusive hotel Tui Blue Aura, here:
Comment: If you’re happy going to your local, you’ll be comfortable on a package holiday
Quite quiet in Ibiza Town, but it’s far from empty. I’m told it’s going to be about 10-15% of usual July levels next week. From Monday, wearing masks will become obligatory in most places (not by pools, at restaurants or on the beach) – with fines from €100-€6,000 pic.twitter.com/TGvDAiVjjJ
— Ben Jaxen Ireland (@ben_ireland_11) July 11, 2020
Travel Weekly digital content manager David Golledge visited Malta and found it to be a crowd-free experience.
TourHound chairman Laurence Hicks spent lockdown in Sicily with his partner and shared his experiences of the Italian island’s efforts to get back to normality.
Virgin Voyages’ Shane Lewis-Riley visited Menorca with husband Rob and son Mason.
Read how he found the flight here: Comment: Finally time to fly
Joan Jones of Once in a Lifetime Holidays flew to Majorca with Jet2.com and said “it’s like April rather than July” in the Balearics.
Travel Counsellor Barbara Sutton took a Jet2holidays package to Skiathos in Greece, flying from Manchester airport with her daughter Laura. She said the island was ‘very quiet’ but added: “Let’s celebrate the restart of travel”
The Advantage Travel Partnership’s head of commercial John Sullivan was over in Ibiza, which he said was “much quieter than usual”
Joanne Peters, business development manager at Palladium Hotel Group, at Ibiza’s Es Vedra. She said: “I’m here to show all the lovely agents that Ibiza is ready and waiting for them”.
Louise Dixon, of Hays Travel’s Redcar branch, in Benidorm