Australian travellers have rushed to book trips to Britain since the royal wedding in late April, while inquiries for the Seychelles islands have gone through the roof since it was revealed Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge went there for honeymoon. Tour operators are reporting strong demand for all things royal and say the effects are likely to last for some time, with more British pomp and pageantry to follow next year (see box).
The managing director of Insight Vacations, Lorraine Sharp, says bookings for tours in Britain were up 17 per cent last month, compared with the same month last year. “That’s incredible growth,” Sharp says. “It’s quite significant for us, to see 17 per cent growth in one month since the royal wedding. Other areas haven’t grown that much. People really seem to resonate with William and Kate …even younger people are looking upon Britain as an appealing destination.”
Odyssey Travel says it has also seen a “dramatic” increase in bookings to Britain since the royal wedding. Bookings for a tour departing next month shot up by… (click here to keep reading this article by Jane E. Fraser)