One of the best known retail travel agencies has reported a large increase in the number of holiday and vacation package bookings. The most popular destination among tourists who look for beach or family vacations is Turkey which has historically received the greatest number of bookings, has once again emerged as the number one choice for families and young couples for the summer 2010.
There has been a 34% increase in advanced family bookings over last year for 2010, and there has also been a unprecedented and surprising surge of single travelers by a staggering 42% as an ever increasing number of single travelers are feeling safe and comfortable enough to continue on alone while on vacation. In addition, some of the resorts that are lesser known such as Turkey, Patara, Kalkan, and Kas have also seen a considerable increase in the booking and sales, and especially among travelers whose age group is between 25 and 60. Also, Marsa Matrouth, which is a Mediterranean resort located some 200 km away from Alexandria in Egypt, has gotten the interest of industry insiders who have it slated as the next holiday destination of choice.
Christmas 2010 and New Year 2010 2011 has also seen a tremendous rise is advance bookings so that people can secure their hotel choices early in the process and thereby avoid the disappointment that will be felt by many folks who make their vacation bookings too late. The traditional Canary Islands and Spanish Costa have lost a considerable amount of interest as alternative holidays are becoming more mainstream as illustrated by the colossal rise of the two Red Sea holidays and the Nile Cruise which have reportedly increased in interest by approximately 22%. In confirmed bookings, Gulet Cruises incorporates a more informal and relaxed cruise that travels between the islands of Greece and the coast of Turkey have also become increasingly popular as the various daily itineraries seem to appeal to nearly everybody who loves the informal variety which is offered.
Globally known for offering the best inexpensive holiday and vacation last minute deals, many agencies have discounted 100s of last minute holiday and vacation deals and have received an amazing increase in online bookings, on their websites.
This holiday season has brought a much hoped for and much needed for surge in sales to the travel business. Agencies are thus far quite happy with the travel sector’s performance and changes in the online holiday booking statistics thus far this season.