Journey bookings surge as Cyprus and Portugal reopen to UK vacationers | Journey

Journey brokers have seen a giant surge in curiosity and bookings for holidays overseas since Cyprus and Portugal introduced final week that they’d be open to British vacationers this summer time.

Most up-to-date vacation bookings are for July and August, nonetheless, with a only a few in Could, which is when Cyprus has stated it would begin to welcome UK guests.

“Cyprus has all the time been a favorite for our clients and we’ve seen an actual uptick in bookings,” stated a spokesperson for Tui, the bundle vacation firm.

Thomas Prepare dinner noticed 1 / 4 extra searches for Cyprus on Friday than on Thursday and folks had been spending 40% longer on resort pages, suggesting they had been extra more likely to e book, in response to a spokesperson. “Thus far, Portugal has not had as many bookings as regular. I feel we are going to see a rise in curiosity this weekend.”

The Cypriot authorities stated on Thursday evening that those that have been absolutely vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 can enter the nation with out restrictions from 1 Could, whereas on Friday Portugal stated those that examined adverse or had been “immune” may go to.

A man wearing a face mask walks by a closed travel agency in Lisbon.
A person carrying a face masks walks by a closed journey company in Lisbon. {Photograph}: Armando Franca/AP

Persons are additionally reserving summer time holidays to different locations akin to Greece, Mallorca, Turkey, Spain and France, in addition to additional afield to the US and Maldives.

A spokesperson for the Affiliation of Specialist Journey Corporations stated that “Greece has been high of the pops” because the nation’s minister for tourism, Haris Theoharis, stated final month that UK guests can be welcome. Theoharis stated that the nation is working on a plan to make this happen from May.

At the moment, journey overseas from the UK shouldn’t be allowed till 17 Could on the earliest, past a small variety of exceptions. That is topic to a overview by the Division for Transport into whether or not to permit extra journey at an earlier date.

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