ForwardKeys: Sun Bookings Look Promising; Last-Minute & Short-Haul To Lead Recovery

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Bookings to Mexico and the Caribbean in the last quarter of the year are looking better than other regions in the world during Covid-19, finds new research by travel analytics company, ForwardKeys.

As of 19SEP, flight bookings globally for Q4 2020 were 83% behind where they were at this time last year. Bookings from international markets to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Aruba were behind by around 50%.

“What sets Mexico apart, and some Caribbean islands too, is that they have stayed open to visitors during the pandemic, or they have reopened sooner and, as a result, they have gained market share,” says Olivier Ponti, VP of Insights at ForwardKeys.

“Despite the pandemic and the associated travel restrictions, some people are still keen to take a holiday abroad, with the sun and sea proving to be particularly popular. At ForwardKeys, we expect the recovery will be led by ‘last-minute’ bookings for short-haul vacations, with business and long-haul travel lagging."

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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