Travel trade specialists seeing indicators of hope amid the pandemic

At the start of the pandemic in March, travel agents reported that many people are canceling trips. Now, eight months later, they are seeing signs of improvement.

Bob Cook is the sales director for Go Travel. He said more people had booked trips since September.

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“It’s an uptrend, it’s an uptrend,” Cook said.

Following positive news from Pfizer Tuesday about its COVID-19 vaccine, Cook said the effects were immediate.

“When they announced the COVID vaccine, the phones rang,” Cook said.

Pfizer Inc. said Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine could be 90% effective due to early and incomplete test results.

Cook said he saw some trends when it comes to the type of trips people book.

He said U.S. travel and stays have been as popular as luxury travel.

Cook said luxury travel is something to book further out in 2022 because it sells out so quickly.

Another popular vacation chef said he saw great interest in cruises.

He said they saw tremendous volume when it comes to families booking cruise vacations.

Cook said in terms of travel time frames, they are seeing a lot of bookings for March 2021 and later.

“People are confident that things will get better, people are confident that spring will be better, people are confident that the trip will return, and they are very confident with the vaccine,” Cook said.

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