15-01-2021

Over-50s are 'hungry to travel' following vaccine rollout

Over-50s are 'hungry to travel' following vaccine rollout - C&M Travel Recruitment
Older travellers are increasingly eager to book a holiday as the Covid-19 vaccine continues to be rolled out across the country, it has been claimed.

Saga said that recent weeks had seen a 'notable increase in interest' from over-50s for holidays, with once in a lifetime breaks to destinations such as Uzbekistan and Uganda being particularly popular.

The company reported that holiday makers are also looking to take longer breaks, with the average trip length increasing from 13 days to 18 days.

Interest for long-haul and once in a lifetime adventure holidays in 2022 is up by 90 per cent compared to the same period last year, however there has also been an increase in demand for travel around the UK and Ireland.

The statistics, reported by TTG, also show that traffic to the company's holiday website has increased by 16 per cent, while conversions to sales are up by 98 per cent.

Commenting on the findings, Chris Simmonds, Chief Executive at Saga Holidays, said that many of its customers were looking to 'spoil themselves' this year after the pandemic cancelled their travel plans in 2020.

In other news, a report released earlier this week found that the majority of office workers across the UK would be willing to accept a cut to their salary if it allowed them to continue performing their job at home.

A total of 75 per cent of such employees said they would take a reduction in pay if it meant that the opportunity for full remote working was available once the pandemic subsides.

The figures came from a survey by One Poll, on behalf of Citrix, and found that the average British worker would be willing to accept a salary reduction of around 14 per cent, or £4,000 per year, for such freedoms.

Those aged between 45 and 54 said they would take an average wage cut of 16 per cent – the largest reduction in any age bracket.

By Owen Mckeon

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