The operator says sales through agents have increased by 50% over the last 12 weeks, compared with the same period in 2019 – and it expects the growth to continue next year.
Says Ben Ittensohn, Director of Global Sales for Explore: “We were praised by our agent partners for doing the right thing during the pandemic, and being an operator that agents can trust is absolutely crucial in how we run our business.
“So to have this level of ongoing trust and support from our agents means the world to us and stands us in good stead for an even stronger 2023.”
IIttensohn says bookings are being fuelled by “a demand for sustainable small-group adventure”.
This is a rapidly growing sector with a very strong outlook: demand into 2023 is already very positive, with longer haul travel now coming back. We are totally committed to the continual growth of this sector in partnership with our agent partners,” he said.
Agents should look out for Explore’s new Unforgettable Adventures brochure, featuring cultural, walking and cycling tours which will be distributed the week starting October 31, and a new Family Adventures brochure featuring family trips all over the world that are planned around school holidays. This brochure will be out later in November.
A new adventure tour, the 12-day Natural Wonders of Guyana, takes in rainforest, staying in riverside ecolodges with indigenous communities and spotting caiman by torchlight. Departures are April 27 and September 28 2023. Prices start from £4,645pp (flights not included).
Explore’s Family Adventure Family Active Portugal is a week-long holiday that takes in Porto, three days in the far north, and time in Praia de Angora on the Atlantic coast. Prices start from £1280pp (no flights) with departures throughout the summer and October half term in 2023.
Explore says all departures are guaranteed for 2023 and beyond.