Local travel agents seeing rebound in business after year of uncertainty

Local travel agents are seeing a big surge in people ready to travel again. It’s the exact opposite of what we say one year ago.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, nearly nine in ten Americans have made travel plans within the next 6 months.

This same time last year, local travel consultant Phil de Albuquerque was canceling bookings at an all-time high, but right now, he’s seeing a rebound.

”This time of year, we’re usually booking Europe, Asia, the Caribbean. We don’t get the calls that we’re getting now ever,” Albuquerque said.

After a year of uncertainty, in the last month, business is just now starting to pick up for the local travel industry.

”It’s only starting to pick up now really, but it’s been down for ten months. Really, no calls at all.”

Albuquerque, a consultant at Travel Partners, says right now they’re booking three to eight reservations a day, most of which are domestic travel. Read more