According to data from travel hosting agency InteleTravel, total 2022 sales have reached $400 million as of July, surpassing last year’s all-time high of $300 million.
This record amount represents a 55 percent increase over 2021 total sales and an 88 percent increase over the pre-pandemic 2019 total, which had previously been record years for InteleTravel, the oldest and most the world’s largest travel agency.
James Ferrara, president and co-founder of InteleTravel, said: “InteleTravel’s record results again this year are a testament to the resilience and increased appetite of travelers after the pandemic, and the power of our unique model that sells travel through the personal relationships of independent advisors. home-based. Other travel retailers simply aren’t seeing this magnitude of growth in 2019.”
Key insights include:
– Land based business This year is on the rise, surpassing last year’s totals by 41 percent, which also represents a whopping 170 percent increase over 2019 volumes. To date, top ground-based sales partners of 2022 and preferred package suppliers have included Apple Leisure Group Vacations, Vacation Express, Delta Vacations and American Airlines Vacations.
– Premium and luxury cruise sales this year to date have already exceeded sales for the entire year 2019 by 39 percent. So far, this year’s key partners and preferred suppliers in the premium and luxury cruise segment include Azamara, Regent Seven Seas, Viking, Virgin Voyages and Windstar.
– Top destinations booked by consumers through InteleTravel’s US network of independent travel advisors in 2022 so far include (in descending order) Jamaica, Cancun, Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Florida, Las Vegas, Europe, California and Asia.
“We’re having another record year, the second coming out of the pandemic,” noted Dave Spinelli, InteleTravel’s Vice President of Industry Relations. “Certainly, our growth in leisure travel has been driven by land-based vacations as opposed to cruises. This past year, we expected the cruise industry to come back with a vengeance. At least for us, that hasn’t happened. But for 2022, as in 2021, our land package holiday business has grown significantly.”
Spinelli added, “There is one bright spot in our cruise business, however, in that our premium and luxury cruise line partner sales are performing very well in 2022. We believe there are several factors contributing to this. sweet, but with the increasingly strong US Dollar, we expect the trend not to slow due to air and accommodation shortages. In fact, we are already seeing this segment exceed our expectations for very forward bookings in 2023 and 2024.”
Ferrara also profoundly observed: “This human-powered model thrived even during the worst period in our industry’s history. And this momentum, fueled by innovative educational strategies and exclusive supplier partner contracts, is driving the company and its advisors at their highest performance in our 31-year history. No machine or website has been able to connect with consumers like this.”
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