As the primary UK business flight efficiently returned to Saint Lucia earlier this week, a brand new survey amongst journey brokers reveals the newest hopes and fears of holidaymakers from around the globe.
The island formally re-opened its borders in June and the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) carried out the analysis just lately with 1,200 journey brokers and operators from the island’s major supply markets – the US, UK, Canada and the Caribbean, to determine shoppers’ propensity to journey amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
The outcomes come as worldwide flights return to Saint Lucia throughout the first section of its reopening.
British Airways is the first UK provider to fly, following American Airways, Delta and JetBlue from the US.
Journey trade professionals reported that demand is selecting up from all markets with two thirds reporting a rise in enquiries for the Caribbean within the final 30 days.
Bookings look set to spike in October.
The Brits cleared the path with willingness to journey once more as 61 per cent say they might be ready to make a journey with protocols in place.
Solely 38 per cent of US travellers and 37 per cent of Canadian holidaymakers agreed.
The preferred sort of vacation was the seek for solar however general, a major one in seven (15 per cent) needed to make a journey to rejoice a milestone, exhibiting how a lot holidays imply to individuals.
Journey brokers reported that the preferred locations had been Spain, Thailand and the Caribbean.
Nonetheless, all travellers have issues.
Along with advising travellers on security measures and clear protocols, greater than half of the brokers from every market are additionally of the view that reductions and different provides from inns would encourage shoppers to journey to Saint Lucia.
Patricia Charlery-Leon, SLTA director within the UK & Eire, stated: “Persons are usually keen to journey and our position is to provide them confidence when selecting the place to go.
“Saint Lucia has recorded very low ranges of an infection.
“This mixed with measure of safety together with a superb observe and hint system and the dearth of crowds on our small island imply that we’re able to welcome guests again.”