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Amarillo travel agencies see first signs of rebound

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) – Amarillo travel agencies see signs of a rebound after what some travel agents describe as the worst year on record.

“Last year most of us ended up working for free,” said Melissa DeFever, travel consultant at Honey Bee Travel Agency.

Many people are actively planning their next big trip and, according to Amarillo’s Travel Network, some are doing so at the last minute.

“We gave them a price, but the next day they booked,” said Samarah Meil, owner of Amarillo Travel Network.

During the month of March, Honey Bee Travel Agency made an average of 15 bookings per week, while Amarillo Travel Network made three to eight bookings per day.

“They’re tired of being home, you know, they canceled all of their trips and plans and gatherings last year,” DeFever said. “They are just tired of being stuck and unable to do anything, ready to go out and explore.”

Travelers are also considering cruises, which many are booking for 2022.

Another thing that worries travelers is travel insurance.

“A lot of people had booked trips and never saw the need for travel insurance,” DeFever said. “Suddenly they were in a dire situation, where they had, some of them, you know, 15,000 invested in a family vacation that they had to cancel, and they were losing all that money.”

Due to different travel restrictions, agencies have seen more new clients who want to make sure to consult an expert.

“There’s a lot of misinformation out there, like there’s a lot of confusion,” Meil ​​said. “Where you can go, what’s closed, if you need a vaccine, which destinations need to be tested for COVID, so this is where I really recommend someone to contact a travel professional. “

Popular international destinations include Mexico, Hawaii, and the Caribbean.

While nationally, Florida is taking the lead.

Most of the people who make these reservations are couples who cannot go on honeymoon or wedding, as well as families.

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