NEW RICHMOND (WQOW)- The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is a sign of hope that life could soon look a little more like it used to, and for some, that means getting the travel bug back, which has translated to a jump in business for one local travel agency.
Tara Schwan with Travel Leaders Travel Now in New Richmond said the increase started several months ago, which she believes happened when people began to anticipate the release of the vaccine, booking trips for this spring and summer.
Overall, the agency saw a 90% drop in business in 2020. Despite the recent increase, business is still down between 65% and 70%. Agency staff said in general, people are booking closer to their departure date than months in advance.
“I think that from here on out, it should be getting busier and busier,” said Schwan.
She said her personal bookings have doubled from what they were last summer, and anticipates business will continue to pick up as more people get the vaccine.
“I think this is really going to give everyone that fire to be able to see a new destination that they’ve always had on their bucket list,” Schwan said. “I think just being quarantined at home, having the same daily routines, everybody wants to try something new.”
Schwan said Mexico and the Caribbean are popular destinations right now. She said she personally traveled to Cancun about a month ago, and was pleasantly surprised with how the resorts and airlines handled the new regulations.
She said their travel partners have been doing a good job keeping up with CDC guidelines as they change, including helping travelers meet testing requirements before and after trips.