For around a year now, many travel fans have been giving up holidays abroad because of the pandemic. The lockdown and entry restrictions in Europe are currently making travel even more difficult. Even at Easter there does not seem to be any relevant easing, so the great hope of tour operators and holidaymakers is on summer holidays. Confidence grows as the vaccinations progress. A report of the Hometogo booking source for holiday homes shows that currently around 53 % of searches for the summer holidays 2021 are for summer travel destinations within Europe. That is an increase of 76 % compared to the same period last year. Accommodation on the North Sea is particularly sought after. Croatia, Italy, France follow on the popularity scale.
Travel Fans Rather Book Crete Than Mallorca
Even in times of pandemic, travel remains an affair of the heart for central Europeans. The desire to travel in summer at the latest is great. With a view to the Europe-wide ramp-up of vaccinations, Europe’s popular agencies expect a sustained recovery in business in the coming weeks. The first trends in bookings for the summer were already emerging. Particularly noticeable: three Greek islands secure a place in the top list of the most popular summer travel destinations. For the first time, Crete came first instead of Mallorca. Mallorca, Rhodes and Kos follow.
Turkey and Greece Are Ahead
Experts inform on request: Turkey, Greece, Egypt and the Canary Islands are currently in the favor of the guests for the summer of 2021. On the long route, the islands in the Indian Ocean, especially the Maldives, would be booked. In addition, trips to East African countries like Tanzania.
In addition, the travel agencies expect that the demand for travel within Europe will increase sharply as soon as governments have determined an opening perspective for hotels.
Agencies Rely On Mallorca and Turkey
They are assuming that there will be strong demand in Europe, especially Mallorca and Turkey. But the Canaries and the Greek Islands are also very popular with guests. The development of long-distance travel is currently difficult to predict. Therefore, the agencies do not want to give an assessment yet.