Exotic Holidays is seeing quarantine bookings (many one way) to places like the Philippines Exotic Holidays is seeing quarantine bookings (many one way) to places like the Philippines

Trade engagement increases

Exotic Holidays and sister company Visa Assist are seeing an increased thirst for knowledge from the trade, driven by the changing situation around the world and the hopes of borders slowly opening in the not too distant future.

Managing director Rahul Sharma says developments like the ‘sandbox’ in specific Thailand resort destinations, plus the ongoing opening of Europe are generating interest from agents and clients. This is coupled with stated intention from the New Zealand government that it intends to start reconnecting with the world next year and trialling self-isolation for a limited number of business travellers over the next couple of months.

Exotic released a comprehensive newsletter this week updating the trade on destinations as diverse as Malaysia, Greece, India and Morocco to name a few.

‘We’re seeing quarantine bookings, many one way, to places like the Philippines and Indonesia and with all the changes going on we are definitely seeing demand for the Visa Assist services.’

Sharma says that even destinations that are closed to international travel right now are likely to look different relatively soon.

‘In India the (Covid) situation is under control with more than 60% of the population above 18 years old vaccinated. Total vaccination doses (including first jabs) were nearly 744 million as of 13 September. By the end of October, vaccination for the population below 18 years will be offered.’

The Exotic Holidays newsletter reports that China’s borders remain closed to nearly all travellers – the country already has a fast lane agreement with Singapore, allowing business travellers with the correct visas to enter, while business travellers from South Korea are also allowed.

‘There were rumours that China would only allow vaccinated travellers who had received the Sinovac dose to enter but these have been denied by the Chinese Government.’

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