According to Tui, bookings from the UK are currently 11% above the level of summer 2019 before the Covid crisis hit. The jump comes despite the recent airport chaos that threatens to impact summer vacations
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The British are “leading” in demand for summer holidays abroad, holiday giant Tui said today.
The company says bookings from the UK are currently 11% above the level of summer 2019 before the Covid crisis hit.
The jump comes despite the recent airport chaos threatening to impact summer holidays and the risk of further travel restrictions from pandemics.
A separate survey by website Skyscanner also suggested a strong appetite for sun escapes abroad, despite the cost of living crisis.
Of those who wanted to spend more money on trips abroad, half put the money into longer trips.
According to Tui, the UK was at the top of customer booking lists for this summer.
However, it reported a strong recovery in sales in all countries where it operates.
Overall bookings are back at 85% of 2019 levels and are expected to be close to pre-pandemic levels by the summer, she added.
The company carried 1.9 million customers in the last three months, a tenfold increase over the previous year.
Vacationers continue to book more at short notice, it said.
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The average price of its vacation is up about 20% this summer, despite the operator’s insistence that customers are booking longer stays, better hotels and vacation packages.
The recovery helped Tui more than halve its losses over the past six months.
A return to profitability is expected by the end of the year.
Tui CEO Fritz Joussen said: “2022 will be a good financial year.”
He added: “After two years of crisis, things are clearly moving forward.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/summer-holiday-bookings-return-pre-26939082 Summer holiday bookings are returning to pre-Covid levels despite the cost of living crisis