● Visa Backlog Problem is Real: “There are still very serious, ongoing visa appointment delays resulting from the pandemic,” a recent article in the National Law Review tells us. “Presently, at many US consulates, the wait to secure a US nonimmigrant visa stamping appointment is 100 days or more. In Paris, it’s 200 days; in Melbourne, it’s 220 days; and in Madrid, it’s 124 days.” Click here for the complete article.
● From the Nuremberg-Based Think Tank Travel Data + Analytics: When it comes to holidays, Germans have so far been booking their trips despite the war in Ukraine and rising costs due to increasing inflation: up until the beginning of April (week 14), the number of new bookings in travel sales has been consistently above the booking level of the comparable weeks of 2019 for two months. Read complete report on the subject here.
● Britons say cost of living concerns key barrier to foreign travel, reports Travel Weekly (UK). “New research carried out by Ipsos has found almost two-thirds of Brits are unlikely to visit a country outside Europe this year. Of the 1,024 people surveyed by the market research and consulting firm, 63 percent said they had no plans to travel outside of Europe in 2022, while nearly half (47 percent) said the same for travelling within the continent.” Click here for the complete article.
● Four out of five Germans are planning a summer vacation, according to a brief item from FVW/TravelTalk, which tells us: “The vast majority want to travel in the summer of 2022, according to a survey by the insurer Allianz Partners. The desire to travel could be even greater, but financial, geopolitical and pandemic concerns are holding back.”
● A Must-Have Reference Piece from PANROTAS is now available. The 2022-23 Brazilian Overview has more than 50 pages of valuable reference information—such as the membership roster of BRAZTOA (The Brazilian Tour Operators Association), various industry segment profiles, a listing of in-country offices of countries doing business in Brazil and much, much more. Click here to download/view a PDF version of the publication.
● In the UK,”A lot” of people’s budgets are “much higher” than they used to be. “They are very open to upgrades if we suggest them,” A UK travel agency recently told the UK travel trade publication TTG, “A customer came in and upgraded his accommodation from a balcony cabin to a junior suite …” Read the complete article here.
● From the German trade news publication tourisik-aktuell: The Medina Reisen brand of the tour operator News Medina Reisen GmbH is repositioning itself. The former Greece specialist, founded in 1976, had to file for bankruptcy in the corona pandemic.” To read the full news item, click here. (Don’t speak German? Then, you’ll need to use the translation function of your server.)