An Arnold travel agency says it has enjoyed its busiest week of trading since the pandemic began, after the government announced the lifting of Covid-19 testing requirements for travellers.
Holiday bookings at Your Co-op Travel, based on Front Street, have soared following the relaxation of the government’s stringent travel testing measures, with bookings up more than 100 per cent versus the same period the week before the announcement.
Natalie Turner, head of branches for Your Co-op Travel, said: “We’re delighted to see that the significant change to the travel testing rules from our own government, coupled with the news that holiday hotspots such France are planning to ease entry requirements for Brits, has inspired confidence in our members and customers and given a welcome boost to bookings.
“30 per cent of the holidays booked since Sunday are for departures between now and March, as many of our members and customers look for instant getaways. More than half (55 per cent) of bookings are for summer 2022, and the most popular week is currently 28 May – 4 June, as sunseekers look to take advantage of the two extra bank holidays for the Queen’s Jubilee and the school half-term break.
“The biggest-selling destinations for this summer are the Canaries and the Balearics, Turkey, Greece and Croatia. For winter ‘22/23, it’s the Canaries, Sri Lanka, New York and Barbados.
With testing still part of the travel process, depending on the destination and vaccination status of the holidaymaker, the holidaymaker is offering Covid-19 tests to members and customers at cost price. The tests are supplied by government-approved, UKAS-accredited providers, Randox and C19 Testing, and can be ordered directly from the Your Co-op Pharmacy website, with a discount code provided on booking.