Slight encouraging signs for travel agencies

As the cold and gray weather sets in in Quebec, some will soon be leaving for a sunny destination. The travel industry is still sluggish, but travel agencies are noticing a slight recovery.

“It’s picking up slowly,” said Manon Dumont, advisor at Voyages Aquaterra Sherbrooke. She says she is in demand especially by retirees and those who work from home. “These people can more easily afford 14 days of isolation upon their return.”

If the school break lengthens, some agencies believe that families will take the opportunity to go south.

“There are some who are just waiting for this. Prices are currently low and in addition some airlines offer COVID insurance free of charge, so it’s inviting for families, ”explained Station Vacances Sherbrooke president Alexandre Monteuil.

But insurance doesn’t immunize against the virus, and it slows down many. “I would not dare to travel in this context”, launched a young woman questioned by TVA Nouvelles.

“The situation is too alarming,” added a lady. We may go to Western Canada in the spring, we’ll see then. ”

Indeed, Western Canada is currently attracting a lot of interest in travel agencies. “It must be said that it is more expensive than a trip to the south. But if our budget allows it and we want a change of scenery, there are some very beautiful places to visit, ”commented Mr. Montreuil.

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