Britons are rushing to book their summer getaways following news that the UK will allow international travel from May 17. And that’s despite the fact that a professor from the Sage (Group of Scientific Advisors for Emergencies) advised tourists not to travel abroad before 2023, reports the Daily Mail.
Some of Britain’s largest airlines and travel companies revealed an increase in holiday bookings to destinations such as Greece, Spain and Turkey in the hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed the roadmap out of lockdown yesterday.
EasyJet has experienced a 337% increase in flight bookings and a 630% increase in holiday bookings for destinations such as Alicante, Malaga, Palma, Faro and Crete after 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Of the growing bookings, most are for August, followed by July and then September.
Jet2 saw a 600% increase in summer vacation bookings after the announcement, with a sudden increase in bookings for destinations across the board, including mainland Spain and its islands, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.
Tui reported his best day for bookings in over a month, with Brits particularly interested in vacations to Greece, Spain and Turkey during the summer and Thomas Cook said he saw a 100 percent increase in his website traffic. after the announcement.
The expert’s recommendation: do not travel until 2023
However, Professor Graham Medley, who is part of SAGE and is the UK’s leading pandemic expert, said today that he would not book a holiday until 2023: “I didn’t do it last year and I probably won’t next year either.. I think it is a moment of caution and we have to see. Although we are doing very well with the vaccine in this country, other countries are not doing so well ”. When asked to clarify whether he would book a vacation abroad for 2022, he added: “Not at the moment. I would not reserve anything. I think the whole situation is going to be uncertain for a long time. We have more optimism and certainty now in this country than in most other places. “