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Yacht charter bookings back to pre-pandemic levels

Charter bookings for 2022 and early 2023 are booming, with many companies back to pre-pandemic figures.

Helm sales director Simon Morgan said: “We’ve seen a huge spike in charter interest and bookings for this summer. The pandemic created a surge of pent-up demand which matured at the turn of the year, and the momentum has just rolled on and on! People are desperate to get away after two years indoors, and what better holiday is there than a yachting holiday?

“Our January 2022 revenue was up 350% compared to our previous biggest month ever, and this has continued and become the norm in February and March, resulting in Helm’s busiest quarter, matching our pre-pandemic 2019 revenue in just three months.”

Aimee Barnes, Head of Marketing for Dream Yacht Charter UK, said: “Now that the world has opened up, people’s pent up frustrations to travel are clear and bookings are booming in the traditional favourite destinations including Croatia and Greece, with occupancy at an all time high.”

Both companies advise booking early.

While Med and Caribbean destinations attract many, domestic charter is also staying popular and charter operators have adjusted accordingly, increasing fleet sizes in the UK, France and Italy for customers who don’t want to travel.

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Meanwhile Clive Norton, VP of Yield and Fleet Management, Sunsail and The Moorings, said: “Our yacht charters have seen a recent pick up with holiday goers making last minute plans. Sunsail experienced a booking surge at a similar time last year, but the late demand in 2022, particularly for the Mediterranean across June and July, has already outstripped it.

“The easing of travel restrictions, the need to get away and accumulated savings during the pandemic seem to be playing a large part in this surge, even in the face of rising living costs. Our customers can book with us with confidence, and are spending their money in a much smarter fashion, as evidenced by the increasing popularity for our ATOL protected flight inclusive packages.

“The British Virgin Islands remains one of our most popular destinations, while bookings have significantly increased to our other far-flung, escapist locations like French Polynesia and the Seychelles. Our upcoming Greek and Croatian flotillas have seen a surge in demand.

“This growth has seen revenues return to pre-pandemic levels and looking ahead, our bookings for 2023 are already much higher than expected.”

 

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