After two years of staying home, luxury travel customers are planning bucket-list trips and vacations with family and friends.
NEW YORK, June 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Dream destinations, multi-generational vacations and the desire for unique experiences are some of the trends driving luxury travel for the summer of 2022, according to travel advisors from the Global Travel Collection (GTC).
the United Kingdom tops the list of international destinations booked by GTC travel advisors, a place it has held for the past five years. Other places in the top 15 include Italy, France, Israel, Spain, Swiss, Mexicothe United Arab Emirates, Greece Y Germanyfollowed by South Africa, Ireland, Australiathe Dominican Republic Y Portugal.
Luxury travel advisors with GTC brands report that their clients are excited to travel again, with some booking multiple trips. And they are willing to spend more to get the vacation experience they want. But that high demand is driving up prices, and hotels are running out due to staff shortages, limiting availability.
“Europe is in high demand this summer, with destinations such as Greece, Spain, Portugal Y Italy the most reserved,” said tiffany bowne, with All Star Travel Group, a brand within the Global Travel Collection. “My luxury travel clients do a mix of experiences like cooking classes, hiking/biking tours, and immersive activities that connect them to the place, as well as making sure they have dinner reservations at the best places.”
Carolyn Consalvowith Global Travel Collection’s Andrew Harperremarked that vacations on the beach and Alaska Cruises are very popular. “I would say most people are looking for destinations where they can be outdoors most of the time,” she said.
“Wish lists are becoming to-do lists,” he said. Shayna Mizrahi, with In The Know Experiences, also part of the Global Travel Collection. “Many of my clients want to travel to the places of their dreams”, with destinations as varied as the Maldivessouthern from Italy Amalfi Coast, Australia Y Hawaii.
Remote work has also opened up new possibilities, he added. “My most active luxury traveler demographics today are young professionals, who are now able to work remotely from anywhere and choose to combine this with unique luxury travel.”
Luxury travelers are eager to make up for the time they missed seeing the world with friends and family over the past two years.
“I am doing several multigenerational trips: the grandparents don’t want to waste any more time and take their family on an unforgettable trip of two or three weeks,” he said. Diana Castlewith Protravel International of the Global Travel Collection.
laura tribealso with Andrew Harperis also handling more multigenerational vacation requests and bucket list destinations like Hawaii Y Africa. “I think the customer calling now is taking travel more seriously and is willing to adapt to an ever-changing world.”
With prices on the rise and limited availability in some vacation spots, luxury consultants are putting their skills and experience to the test.
Customers are “willing to pay to get what they want,” and that includes upgrading their accommodations, he said. Michelle Summerville, with Experiences In The Know. “More people want to travel in the best possible way, better than in the past,” she said.
“The biggest challenge in selling luxury travel right now is severely limited space and availability for flights and hotel rooms in the most desirable destinations,” he said. Leslie Tillem, with Tzell Travel Group of Global Travel Collection. “We are seeing extraordinary demand in luxury travel across the spectrum, leading to a lack of availability at any price.”
Bridget Kapinwith Andrew Harper, do you agree. Demand is high for last minute travel. It’s also grappling with factors like a shortage of hotel rooms and higher flight costs.
Travelers who had never used an advisor before began looking to them to help navigate COVID-19 entry and testing requirements. Now, they are selling for a travel professional’s worth.
“Your time is valuable and you want expert assistance to help you plan your vacation,” he said. angie high school, president of Global Travel Collection. “Our luxury travel consultants have years of experience organizing trips for their clients, as well as first-hand knowledge of the world’s most popular destinations. They stay on top of luxury travel trends and provide concierge-level service Plus, travelers have peace of mind knowing there’s a human being they can call whenever they have a question or concern.”
“My trips over the last 18 months have been our best marketing,” said Castillo of Protravel International. “We have shown our clientele that traveling can be fun and enjoyable and that we can help establish all the requirements they may need to make their vacation perfect.”
Mizrahi, with In The Know Experiences, has also been sharing details about her travels, something her clients greatly appreciate. Her first-hand experience “is something no Google search or website can provide.”
About the global travel collection
Global Travel Collection (GTC), a division of Internova Travel Group, is the world’s largest collection of international luxury travel agencies, including the well-established networks of Protravel International, Tzell Travel Group and Colletts Travel, as well as Andrew Harper, In the Know Experiences, All Star Travel Group and R. Crusoe & Son. GTC consultants and agencies are industry leaders in providing premium travel services for leisure travelers, corporate executives and the entertainment industry. The combined global reach and leverage translates into value, recognition and preferential treatment for its world travelers.
About Internova Travel Group
Internova Travel Group is one of the world’s largest travel services companies with a collection of leading brands providing high-touch, personal travel experiences for corporate and leisure clients. Internova manages leisure, business and franchise companies through a portfolio of distinctive divisions. Internova represents more than 70,000 travel advisors in more than 6,000 company-owned and affiliated locations, predominantly in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdomwith a presence in more than 80 countries.
SOURCE Global Travel Collection