Travelers around the world hope that sometime in 2021 they will be able to get back on a plane for a leisure vacation to a long-haul destination. What’s more, many people probably hope to do the trip of their lives after a year of hiatus forced by the pandemic. According to the Kuoni travel company, in a report released on the British market, ‘ inquiries and reservations for departures more than a year in advance they are way ahead of where they would normally be right now. ‘ This document ensures that users are willing to spend 700 euros more on average than in the 2019 bookings (we must bear in mind that we are talking about luxury travel), from 9,500 to 10,200 euros, and that additional expenses have grown in concepts such as helicopter or balloon tours.
With these data, Kuoni has drawn up a list of the luxury destinations that have accumulated the most reservations in recent weeks, with a good number of exotic locations at the top of the rankings. The Maldives, first located in the Indian Ocean, this archipelago is synonymous with paradise, with long beaches bathed by crystal clear waters and coral reefs, which served it a few weeks ago to be crowned for the first time as the «Best Destination in the World» in the annual awards given by the travel industry, the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2020.
The preferences of the clients of this huge group also include the African safaris in Kenya and Botswana.
Among the fashionable long-distance destinations before the pandemic, stands out Thailand. Its borders remain closed for now, but the multinational Kuoni foresees a strong demand especially for the winter of next year.
Regarding the closest places of interest, for now, Italy and Greece stand out, “which are enjoying a rebound in bookings for the summer of 2021, as well as in trips for special occasions.”
Top luxury destinations for 2021
Maldives: The Maldives Islands have been open to international tourism since July and have very few cases of coronavirus. The requirements to enter the country? A hotel reservation, a negative PCR carried out – at most – 96 hours before the flight departure, and a health declaration must be submitted online 24 hours before arrival in the archipelago.