Hope for the return of holidays in 2021 has been sparked by the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, and with around three million people across the UK already vaccinated, experts are already seeing a spark in consumer confidence. However, amid what is being described as a “surge” in bookings by over 50s, one expert has issued a warning.
Holiday firm Saga says it has experienced a “notable increase” in bookings coming from travel-hungry over 50’s, many of who will receive the vaccine first as part of the ongoing rollout.
According to Government data, so far, more than three million people have received their first jab.
The latest statistics showed a further 316,694 people have been given the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday, increasing the total to 3,234,946.
A total of 2,769,164 first doses have been administered in England, as well as 224,840 in Scotland, 126,375 in Wales, and 114,567 in Northern Ireland.
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Chris Simmonds, Saga’s Chief Executive of Holidays, has said that the people over 50 are “hungry to travel”, with once-in-a-lifetime trips next winter to destinations such as Uzbekistan and Uganda proving particularly popular, adding that Saga’s customers are “very adventurous and thinking about spoiling themselves.”
UK and Ireland trips are also seeing an increase in interest.
However, Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel warns travellers within the age bracket to proceed with some level of caution.