Virtuoso predicts positive year for luxury travel despite Brexit

Brexit won’t deter affluent travellers from having a holiday, Virtuoso has claimed.

The luxury travel network has predicted a positive year ahead for agents selling luxury travel despite the unstable political climate, following a survey of its 20 UK-based agencies. 

According to the study, 75% of Virtuoso’s UK travel agency members expect travel sales to rise in 2019, with a further 42% of those anticipating sales to be 11-20% higher than the previous year.

Elsa Bacry, director of global member partnerships in Europe, Middle East and Africa (pictured), said the findings highlighted the importance of travelling among British people. 

“Travel is something that many British people do not want to compromise on and something that they will do regardless,” she said.

“Some people do get a little more conservative and venture closer to home, while others take advantage of uncertainty and have the attitude to go while they can. Either way, it is positive news for the industry.”

Virtuoso’s survey also revealed that only 25% of agency members said clients were changing destinations based on Brexit. Those who had, reportedly opted to travel within the UK, with destinations including the Cotswolds, the Lake District, Edinburgh and Hampshire trending for spring. 

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