Travel agencies brace for potentially busy summer as COVID restrictions ease | Lehigh Valley Regional News

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. — It’s been a long two years for the travel industry, but agents say things have changed.

“It was just hit after hit after hit, but oh my goodness, what a difference a few years can make because we just can’t keep up with the number of customers who want to travel,” said Jennifer Doncsecz, president of VIP Vacations.

She says she is busier than ever. And she is not alone.

“Over the past three weeks, it’s just exploded. I can’t stay above it,” said Rhonda Bastian, owner of Sail Away Events and Travel.

It’s a perfect storm of increased demand coupled with delayed vacations and destination weddings, as well as eased restrictions and low infection rates.

“I think a lot of people are looking forward to getting out. They haven’t been able to get out for two years. So they have the time, but more importantly I think some of them have the money because that they haven’t been able to vacation in two years,” Bastian said.

Even though prices for hotels and air travel are on the rise, the two women say the increases haven’t slowed people down.

“I think people don’t care that much. They’ve been waiting for years to travel and that’s what it is,” Doncsecz said.

“I think people are more ready to be like let’s live our life now, because you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow or next week,” Bastian said.

The two women say they have yet to see prices rise too much because of fuel prices.

But that could change.

If you’re hoping to go this spring or summer, you want to book it as soon as possible.

Even driving vacations like shore points are filling up.

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