Tour Operators Delay Lucrative Long-Haul Trips Yet Again with Omicron Surge

The emergence of the Omicron variant has complicated tour operators’ efforts to resume long-haul trips, many of which had originally been shelved after the start of the pandemic. New travel curbs enacted in the wake of the new variant, as well as borders still yet to reopen, have delayed plans many companies had to conduct excursions longer than two weeks, heavily hitting the bottom lines of businesses. As Skift reports, long-haul trips tend to be tour operators’ biggest money makers. Natasha Lawrence, the director of commercial and product development at Contiki, estimates the company is currently running only 20 per cent of the tours in its capacity due to the uncertainty of booking travel and constantly changing travel restrictions. “The Omicron variant and the new associated restrictions have had a massive impact on how we run our trips.” Canada’s advisory against all non-essential travel, that went into effect in DEC, already accelerated tour cancellations among Canadian travellers.

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