Tour Operators Say They Will Avoid Fuel Surcharges

Fuel prices are soaring, but tour operators are saying that while fuel surcharges are”not being considered,” price increases for new bookings may be a possibility. Jeff Roy, Collette's executive vice president of revenue management and pricing, told Travel Weekly: "In the past when we experienced extreme variation in the cost of fuel, our partners on both the land and air side experienced unexpected cost increases that they had to pass on to consumers to avoid financial loss. We may see price increases affect future bookings in a similar way to what we experienced back in 2008, so booking now is the best way to lock in the best price." Tauck COO Jeremy Palmer said the tour operator "has no plans to add any sort of fuel surcharge to our tour and cruise prices, and we don't foresee that changing." Kensington Tours said there are no plans to raise prices for 2022 or 2023 departures. "We expect that we are able to maintain these prices despite the increase in fuel. We would not consider adding a fuel surcharge as a pricing tactic," said Helen Giontsis, president of Kensington Tours. "In the event that gas prices remain very high for a sustained period, this will affect our approach to pricing on a country-by-country basis in the long term." Should high fuel prices exist, Giontsis added that Kensington would consider an increase in prices for tours that rely on automobile transportation for future travel seasons.

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