By Sophie Lorre — 12 Aug 2021
After what felt like an eternity, travelers are now able to book a European vacation again. Travel is starting to increase in various European countries, particularly as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues and individual countries begin to lift restrictions for local residents and international travelers. Tour operators who want to take advantage of the growing number of people interested in traveling to Europe will want to stay aware of the current vaccination rates and ongoing restrictions across the continent. Our guide will help you figure out how to navigate the return to travel to Europe in a post-COVID environment.
While the United Kingdom forged ahead with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the European Union had a slightly slower start. The 27-nation organization struggled to come to terms on an agreement with AstraZeneca to buy the vaccine and subsequently had to deal with supply issues. Now that supply is increasing, the rollout is fully underway, and the European Union is making progress. Here’s a look at how some European countries are doing with the vaccine rollout as of July 1, 2021, according to Statista:
While the European Union continues to toy with the idea of a Europe travel vaccine certificate, restrictions have started to ease on who can come to Europe for leisure travel. In the middle of June 2021, American travelers were delighted to know that they would now be able to book non-essential travel to Europe. It’s important to note, however, that requirements for travelers vary based on the country. Some are requiring proof of vaccination, while others require a negative COVID-19 test before entering the country.
While people across the world are busy planning their dream Europe tour, tour operators need to start preparing to adjust their operations to new conditions. Here are some things that you can do in order to be ready for a higher volume of travelers:
Revenge travel will be trending more and more, and as a tour operator, it’s important that you are prepared for the influx of travelers who are going to arrive in the months ahead. Now is the best time to invest in an optimized online booking system, specifically designed for tour and activity operators, such as Rezdy, that can help you seamlessly transition.
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