Travel Counsellors, the UAE’s leading independent travel company, has recorded a continued increase in global bookings, with both the volume and value of bookings in all markets exceeding the same time in 2019. UAE continue to buck-the-trend and leisure sales have doubled in the last four weeks alone versus 2019.
March 2022 is now the most successful sales month since the business launched with the number of bookings rising again month-on-month, up 18% on February 2022. The overall sales value was up 70% in March versus pre-pandemic levels in 2019 with almost a quarter of UAE holiday sales are for departures to the Indian Ocean comprising the Maldives, followed by Mauritius and the Seychelles.
A notable increase in bookings for the Mediterranean prove Spain, Italy and Greece are increasingly popular destinations of choice with UAE staycations also remaining strong.
These staggering statistics are not isolated to March 2022, with sales over the last five months up 60% on the only comparable period pre-pandemic.
On average, spend on holidays has increased 30% percent on 2019 levels, with customers spending more on upgrading their trips. In addition, UAE holidaymakers due to their great location can choose from top-class properties and resorts on their doorstep, luxury destinations in the Indian Ocean, and they enjoy easy access to many other far-flung destinations.
Jim Eastwood, Global Sales Director at Travel Counsellors, said: “It is wonderful to see such high demand for travel again globally, with our UAE business continuing to be a leading light in Travel. We are extremely proud of our achievements, and we believe these record-breaking sales are testament to the caring, expert and personalised service our UAE Travel Counsellors provide for all their leisure customers and corporate clients. Our Travel Counsellors create inspiring journeys, crafting bespoke travel itineraries and provide hand-held support from inspiration to destination and beyond! UAE Travel Counsellors continue to be there for their well-established base of super-loyal customers, as well as providing trusted travel advice to increasing numbers of new customers. Thank you to all who choose Travel Counsellors.”
General Manager of Travel Counsellors UAE, Holly McCann, said: "This is another fantastic milestone for Travel Counsellors here in the UAE. As the desire for travel continues to increase, we are delighted to be supporting more customers than ever before. Our unique business model and the exceptional levels of customer care provided by our UAE Travel Counsellors has helped us secure record numbers of new customers over the last 12 months. We anticipate this upward trajectory of bookings to continue, with demand still rising. We are also continuing to recruit new Travel Counsellors here in the UAE and we are very much looking forward to the remainder of 2022.”