Rise in travel demand from double-jabbed over-50s

The expansion of the government’s green list of destinations triggered a spike in the number of searches and bookings on the Saga Holidays website.

No specific booking data was revealed but the over-50s operator described Madeira (pictured), Spain and Sicily as top sellers while requests for brochures rose by 67% over the past week. 

The company claimed a rise in searches to destinations such as Madeira and the Balearic islands which go onto the green ‘watchlist’ from tomorrow (Wednesday).

Saga Holidays chief executive Chris Simmonds said: “Our customers are so looking forward to going on holiday again. They were early in the queue for both vaccines and are looking for some warmth, a change of scenery and new experiences. 

“Our customer research has found that our travellers want to go away for longer to make up for more than 15 months at home and that their financial security has improved, so they want to spend their money on enjoying themselves with a great holiday.

“They also place a great deal of trust in us and know that their wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do.

“In addition to requiring all customers to have had both vaccines well in advance of travel, we’ve also been working hard with our global partners to introduce Covid-safe protocols. Now, we can’t wait to welcome customers back on holiday with us.”

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