When holidays may very well be allowed as Covid vaccine raises hopes for summer season breaks
It might only be early 2021, but many of us are already starting to think about the summer vacation and book a break abroad.
For many of us it has been some time since we could travel to sunnier areas or start an adventure in a new place.
But with news of Covid vaccines, including the launch of the Oxford / AstraZeneca jab on Monday, vacationers have been scrutinizing travel at home and abroad.
Booking sites have reported increased traffic with vacation companies, airlines and travel professionals prepared for a pre-summer upturn.
The UK has ordered 100 million doses of the vaccine and Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it offers “a way out of the pandemic”.
Some operators have expected the increase as tour operators and airline Jet2 added hundreds of additional flights to their schedule.
There is growing confidence that travel will continue in 2021, but with fewer people traveling overseas. However, by 2022, there is utter confidence that normalcy for cruises and flights will return without any restrictions.
Industry expert Paul Charles, executive director of PC Agency, predicted the vaccine could allow customers to book travel “with certainty” starting May 1, and predicted a “rush summer”.
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He told The Telegraph: “The Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine can protect so many more people faster. This not only increases confidence in the booking but also opens up a faster journey.
“I would definitely book from May 1st. Staycations will be returning from March. Short haul travel in Europe will be definitive again from the end of April, but most long haul destinations will still take some time to open up, most likely from September.
“Without a doubt, scientists have delivered a game changer that will make traveling safe again this spring. There will be a rush summer in 2021. “
ABTA added, “If international travel is restarted, please remember that it will remain an unprecedented and evolving situation for both businesses and customers.
Protecting public health is a priority. ABTA members will adhere to strict health, safety, hygiene and safety measures and work closely with their suppliers, such as accommodation and transport companies, to ensure that these measures are taken into account for every step of the journey.
“As part of this, they will assess whether changes to operations and security practices are needed to protect the health of customers.
“ABTA members will continue to prioritize your health and follow the best medical and scientific advice.”
When will the trip resume?
Once the current surge in infections is under control, local travel should be the first to benefit. Stays are possible from March.
Will the vaccine allow for an immediate trip?
Travel should be given the go-ahead before the vaccine is mass-launched.
Although the vaccine has been approved for use in the UK, it will take some time to be distributed and to achieve herd immunity.
Short-haul trips to Europe may be possible from April or May, provided vaccination results are available.
Is It Too Early To Book A Vacation?
It is possible that international travel will return to normal once vaccines become widespread. However, it is wise to wait for clear signs from the government that restrictions are being relaxed before booking.
“Many parts of the travel industry will not be able to survive the pandemic,” said Mads Mikkelsen, co-founder of travel specialist Practio.
He added, “This will most likely result in fewer opportunities to travel as smaller destinations are not as accessible.”
This could increase the demand for small boutique hotels and villas in more remote areas, rather than large hotels that may have been popular before the pandemic.
Some destinations that are heavily reliant on tourism are likely to introduce additional measures to re-lure vacationers after the pandemic. They are using discounts to encourage people to return and help them recover from the damage caused by the coronavirus.
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