As more people get vaccinated and restrictions relax, the demand for travel is skyrocketing. A Greensboro travel agency is busy answering calls from people wanting to go on vacation.
Chuck Joyce says his team takes 70 to 90 calls a day, not counting email quote requests. They help people navigate after the pandemic and see the numbers before the pandemic.
“People have been locked up for so long and so ready to go, and you’ve missed a year. Almost a year and a half of travel. You know the journey is something you can’t take back, ”Joyce said.
As demand increases, supply struggles to keep up.
“Certain seaside resorts and certain destinations, their capacity is further reduced. So until they open that up, you still have low capacity and high demand, so it’s a bad combination if you wait, ”Joyce said.
Travel counselors are seeing extremely high prices and warning people to book flights and car rentals as early as possible.
“At airports, it seems rental cars are always available. They are higher than they were. Probably 25% to 30%, ”said David Bullins, a traveler.
As more and more people venture out, travel agents hope this is the start of a recovery and new relevance.
“It’s going to get easier I think. I hope and pray the hard part is over, but that’s what we’re here for. This is the job we take on. And right now we’ve been more important than ever with everything that’s going on, ”Joyce said.
Last week, nearly 12,000 passengers passed through Piedmont Triad International Airport.
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