It says destinations including India, Kenya and Costa Rica have all seen an increase in sales over the past two months as customers become more optimistic about planning more complex multi-centre trips.
Thailand and Japan, which have both recently updated their Covid entry requirements, are also seeing increased demand in recent weeks.
Bookings for late departures to Thailand for 2022 have risen over the past four weeks by 87% compared to 2019 numbers. The destination relaxed its entry restrictions at the start of October.
Website visits for Kuoni’s specialist tailor-made division are up 36% in the last four weeks, with the most visited pages being Japan, India and African countries, including Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.
There has been a marked increase in customers asking about tours to India, with Kuoni reporting that group touring sales for India tours are already at 80% of 2019 levels.
Francis Torrilla, Kuoni CEO, said: “A thirst for exploration is definitely back in play for British travellers and there’s been a notable shift even in recent weeks. Many people have put their big holiday plans on hold for three years, so they are coming to us for advice and expertise.
“This time last year, people were booking more direct “A to B” flights to destinations which were open for travel and opting for safer, more straightforward trips. They were just happy to just be on holiday again after the upset and turmoil of the pandemic.
“But now we’re seeing demand growing for multi-destination itineraries, and more complex travel arrangements for longer durations for up to three weeks as countries like Thailand and Japan finally drop their Covid entry restrictions and people start feeling more confident about the prospect of exploring the world again.”