Reasons to be optimistic
Vacation planner and travel expert Ashley Doell, a travel consultant with TPI in Saskatoon, is feeling encouraged about the future of travel after seeing positive signs like the success of the vaccine rollout in the US and an uptick in inquiries from clients.
“Every customer, client, friend, or family member I speak to tells me that they can hardly wait to travel again. Most are just waiting for their turn for vaccination and for the government to ease the strict quarantine rules currently in place. Hearing this is so encouraging and brings me hope that our industry will rebound and come back stronger than ever,” Doell, who specializes in vacation packages and destination weddings, tells Travel Courier. “I’ve also noticed an uptick in inquiries this past month and it gets me excited for what’s to come.”
Doell’s most recent booking is for a destination wedding for January 2022. She also had clients travel over the holidays and in January, before the mandatory hotel quarantine measures were implemented.
“I think people are feeling encouraged by seeing the vaccines rolling out and are ready to get ahead of the ball with booking their winter getaway for next year. Now, more than ever, people just want something to look forward to,” she says. “They’ve also had very limited options for ways to spend their expendable income so I think the first trips post-COVID are going to be more extravagant than they were in previous years.”