Travel companies say they see that hope reflected in their bookings.
In a February call with investors, Royal Caribbean Group said it had seen a strong relationship to booking volumes and vaccines, including a proportional increase in the number of customers who were 65 and older.
“Our belief is that as 65-plus are getting vaccinated, then they’re obviously becoming more comfortable with booking, and we’re seeing that very much in our bookings from about January forward,” Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain said on the call.
Educational travel organization Road Scholar, which caters to “lifelong learners,” was seeing a huge jump in enrollments by mid-March. At that point, according to surveys of the company’s participants, 67 percent had been vaccinated, and 99 percent planned to get the vaccine.
“It’s no understatement to say the phone is ringing off the hook,” Road Scholar spokesman Chris Heppner said in an email. “We are seeing a huge shift in people’s eagerness to get something planned.”
Some customers, he said, were celebrating their vaccinations by enrolling in a trip. The company planned to resume some programs in July.
Squaremouth, a travel insurance comparison site, said it was seeing a “slow rebound” in older travelers booking trips, based on travel insurance sales through the site. Marketing manager Steven Benna said in an email that as the vaccines have rolled out, the percentage of travelers in every age group over 60 has risen.
Read the full Washington Post article online here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2021/04/07/senior-travel-vaccine-florida-cruise/