- Bookings for the Maldives soar into top spot for 2021
- Two-thirds of all trips booked for next year are for Maldivian Islands
- Kuoni reports strongest week of sales for 2021 since lockdown
Confusion around quarantine plans and continued restrictions on travel for this year is leading more people to rethink this year’s holiday plans and splash out on a big trip next year.
Luxury worldwide travel company Kuoni has reported that 06 June was its best day of forward bookings since the lockdown, with a clear upturn in bookings for 2021 trips – and almost two-thirds of all bookings are for the Maldives.
Turquoise oceans, secluded islands and attractive offers for luxury retreats are being cited as some of the reasons why the Indian Ocean archipelago is emerging as the holiday destination most in demand for 2021.
The lure of secluded, long-haul luxury is evident with a clear booking increase over the past seven days, driven by attractive offers for all-inclusive Crusoe-style islands and isolated retreats, particularly for honeymoons and special occasion trips.
Derek Jones, CEO of Kuoni, said: “Bookings for the Maldives are outperforming every other destination we sell around the world, currently accounting for 56 per cent of bookings for 2021. The Maldives has always been our best seller but it’s soaring even further ahead right now.”
“Whilst there is still so much uncertainty around plans to open borders, the 14-day quarantine and social distancing people are telling us that they’d rather plan ahead for next year and save to make the trip an extra special one, upgrading what they’d normally do.”
“It’s clear from the conversations we’re having with customers and booking patterns that many people will opt to stay closer to home within the UK this year as they see overseas travel in the near future as been too risky.”
The Maldives was on track to have one of its best years for tourism this year, being listed at number one in the Kuoni Worldwide Travel Report. A crop of new resorts scheduled to open has seen the destination diversify its appeal for children, younger couples and groups of friends or extended family.
Based on last week alone the Maldives continues to lead the way in terms of demand with 56 per cent of the overall bookings for 2021, followed by Mauritius, Thailand, Spain and India.
Derek Jones added: “We were pioneering in developing tourism to the Maldives, and we continue to work hand-in-hand with the destination now as it looks to reshape its tourism industry and map out a plan to welcome people back to the islands.”
“People are increasingly turning to us for our advice and expertise, we’re working more closely with our destination partners than ever before so our travel experts are informed and able to help people plan their trips, but with the reassurance of flexibility but with the all-important human touch.”
“We are seeing much more variety in bookings as the weeks go on – other destinations we’ve booked over the past week, for travel next year include Tanzania, Barbados, St Lucia, Dubai, Borneo, Bali and Kenya,” added Derek Jones.
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