There has been a noticeable surge in bookings for larger groups in 2022 from overseas for stays at RBH’s city hotels, as travel restrictions start to soften.
The management company, who operates over 45 hotels in the UK, reported an increase in reservations from larger groups from USA over the past four weeks, in addition to bookings from Germany, Italy and Spain, with international tourism starting to strengthen for next year.
From Easter 2022, confidence from abroad is building, with a particular interest in tour series throughout the summer for London and Edinburgh.
There is also strong demand for bookings to coincide with Edinburgh Festival next August.
From today the rules for arriving into the UK from overseas change slightly, with those arriving from the EU and USA able to skip quarantine if they have proof of a double vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test.
Chris Martin, group director of revenue at RBH said: “It’s very clear that the international demand is definitely there to recommence travel to the UK. The main obstacle continues to be the worry from bookers that they’ll get caught out and lose money if their trip is unable to go ahead. People are wary of committing and being tied in, which is why we’re having to be incredibly flexible with group tour operators, as that’s the only way they’ll be able to be flexible with their own customers – those actually booking to join the trips.”
Domestic travel for RBH is booming. The group said it picked up more bookings from July 2 – 8 than the same week in 2019, equating to £1.6m of business in one week and £1m of which was for bookings this month.