Travel departures up 25% for record breaking easter


AS SCHOOLS return, Barrhead Travel, the UK’s no.1 travel agency has reported a record-breaking Easter, with departures almost 25 per cent higher than 2019.

It is the first Easter since 2019, pre-pandemic, that industry levels have returned to normal, with Barrhead Travel stating holidaymakers flocked to travel agents to take advantage of last-minute getaway deals during the month of April.

Families maximised the long school break with more than 75 per cent of trips lasting seven nights or longer. The travel groups reports that all-inclusive was the top board basis as holidaymakers sought value for money.

Barrhead Travel’s top ten destinations its customers travelled to this April included:

  1. Orlando
  2. Tenerife
  3. Alicante
  4. Dubai
  5. Antalya
  6. Lanzarote
  7. Cruising from Southampton
  8. Mallorca
  9. Paris
  10. Gran Canaria

Jacqueline Dobson, President at Barrhead Travel said;

“Pre-pandemic we started to see an increase in demand for overseas Easter holidays but with 2023 being the first year of the world fully reopen, we’ve really seen a boom in bookings for this period. People are eager to get away to spend quality time with their families and to enjoy the first glimpse of early sunshine.

“We noticed a strong lates market this Easter season as families made spontaneous decisions to get away for the school holidays. The value-for-money on offer for all-inclusive resorts and cruise holidays made it really affordable for people to choose to book a last-minute getaway. 

“Summer 2023 is shaping up to be very busy – it is still our number one selling season. Demand will only continue to rise over the next month and we would recommend booking sooner rather than later to secure their preferred dates and locations. Booking with a reputable travel agent, such as Barrhead Travel, will guarantee the best prices and full financial protection.”

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