More travel companies report record January trading

By Lisa James
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Homeworking giant InteleTravel is among the latest companies to report record sales last month, with Blue Bay Travel, accommodation specialist Stuba and travel portal HolidayPirates also breaking previous bests.

InteleTravel said January was its ‘best-ever’ sales month, with total bookings in excess of £6m.

Sales are up 56% on the same period last year and exceed pre-pandemic monthly revenues.

A growing number of InteleTravel agents are serving high net-worth clients and its top 10 agents generated over £450,000 worth of bookings in January, with two sales of over £100,000 each.

UK director Tricia Handley-Hughes said the company’s recent investment in training has paid off.

Blue Bay Travel is on a recruitment drive after enjoying its busiest January on record for online bookings and website traffic. 

The long-haul tour operator also said 31 January was its best trading day since before the pandemic, when the company received the highest volume of bookings in a month since January 2020. 

Bookings for the period 16–31 January also delivered the highest second half of January figure the company has seen in its almost 20-year history. 

As part of its growth plans, and fuelled by the January boom, Stoke-on-Trent-based Blue Bay Travel is recruiting for 10 positions, including Personal Travel Advisors, a Product Executive and a Product Assistant, a Promotions Assistant, and a Customer Relations Advisor. 

Chief Executive Alistair Rowland said the recent overhaul of the COVID-19 testing and quarantine rules ‘was a real game-changer’.

He said: “We want passionate, energetic and smart people to join our dynamic team this year, as travel makes its well-deserved comeback.” 

And accommodation specialist Stuba recorded hights sales in its 30-year history on 25 January, adding its is trading 13% ahead for summer 2022 compared to the same point two years ago.

In the last 10 days of January, as soon as the easing of restrictions was announced, Stuba saw a 19% increase in sales compared to the same time in January 2020.

Chief Commercial Officer Matt Stuart said: “Finally, it looks like confidence to travel has returned.

“January was already looking strong for us and following the easing of restrictions we have seen a significant uptick in sales for the final ten days. To have our record sales day in our 30 years of trading is fantastic, and huge thanks go to all of our agents and brilliant staff for their support in recent times.”

Mr Stuart said customers are trading up and staying longer, adding 30% of bookings created in January are for arrivals to 31 March (+23% from January 2020).

HolidayPirates also reported the final week of the month resulted in the biggest surge in bookings for two years.

The multi-market portal says the UK is second only to Germany in terms of traffic and bookings so far this year.

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