The UK and Europe Chapter of the CTO asserted that there has been ‘strong interest in bookings from holidaymakers keen to return to their favourite destinations’, and that many CTO members (such as hotels and booking agents) had seen an ‘immediate shifting of enquiries to include October and September 2021’.
“In line with the whole of the travel industry, we are encouraged by the shift in consumer confidence,” Carol Hay, Business Development Director of the CTO Chapter, UK and Europe, said, adding that she believed the piqued interest from UK and European travellers to be partly down to the Caribbean’s stringent health and safety protocols, as well as flexible booking options available through its myriad travel agencies.
Families heading to the Caribbean
“The Caribbean, as a region, has managed the pandemic well and has robust protocols in place, has vaccination programmes underway and tour operator and hotel partners have incredibly flexible booking policies in place to offer reassurance to consumers,” Hay added. “While we can’t pre-empt what will happen, it does seem that for families in particular, the Caribbean in the summer holidays or October half-term in the Caribbean is looking a good bet.”
Travellers should be encouraged to purchase comprehensive travel insurance policies, with cover for travelling companions, such as children.