Covid in Wales: Where are people going on holiday?

People are planning bucket list holidays due to “pent up demand” for a break, according to Welsh travel agents.

They said places like the Maldives were being snapped up for 2022 with people “definitely spending more”.

But, for this year, the demand remains for UK staycations.

Accommodation with hot tubs are proving popular along with cottages and lodges for families holidaying at home.

The Welsh government has said people should only go abroad for “essential purposes”, and First Minister Mark Drakeford has urged people to stay in Wales this year.

Suzanne Cumpston, from Sam Smith Travel in Cowbridge, said the desire for international travel appears to have been “suppressed” for now – but longer term, people were looking to travel further afield.

“The appetite for 2021 is leaning towards UK staycations,” she said.

Summer bookings are made up of breaks at UK lodges and cottages, she said, with hot tubs a requirement whenever possible.

Other customers have booked holidays to the Maldives, the US, Iceland and the Greek islands from the latter part of the year in the hope they can go ahead.