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Published Jun 24, 2020 12:00AM


Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of responding United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) members have seen an increase in bookings in the last 30 days. That’s according to the latest findings from surveys of its Tour Operator Active Members and destination management Associate Members about post-COVID-19 plans for recovery and the resumption of business. Twenty-nine percent have seen no change in bookings during this timeframe and the remaining 7 percent reported a decrease in bookings.

As a follow-up, USTOA asked when new passengers are booked to travel, based solely on bookings made in the last 30 to 60 days. Active Members reported the following:

Roughly 41 percent of respondents report that they have new passenger bookings scheduled for travel in the fourth quarter of 2020, while 15 percent have bookings made for the third quarter of 2020
Three-fourths (76 percent) of Active Members are reporting new travel bookings for the second quarter of 2021
Half (51 percent) report new bookings being made for Q1 2021 travel and two-thirds (63 percent) say they have received bookings for Q3 or Q4 of 2021 travel
Roughly 12 percent of members report new passenger bookings for 2022
Nearly three-fourths (71 percent) of current Active Member traveler bookings are to international destinations, with the remaining 29 percent of traveler bookings to North America (U.S., Canada and Mexico). According to Terry Dale, USTOA president and CEO, “This reveals a slight increase in demand for North America product compared to the survey USTOA conducted in May, which reported North America travel bookings representing 20 percent of business.”

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