Nevertheless, many Norwegians hope it will be possible this summer.
All three major tour operators TUI, Ving and Apollo inform TV 2 that the number of bookings is increasing.
Most people book trips in late summer and autumn. More and more people also order for Christmas and winter, the companies say.
According to the travel company TUI, the trend among Norwegians now is to book so-called “high end” trips, which are exclusive holidays.
Several of those who book, choose hotels with a higher number of stars which, among other things, offer all-inclusive, private pool and room service.
– Norwegians want a little extra and spend more money on holidays than they usually do, says communications consultant Nora Aspengren in TUI to TV 2.
She says that they now sell fewer of the cheaper trips than usual, which are trips that sell well in the Danish and Swedish parts of the company.
Ving and Apollo also see that many choose the best hotels, which include large terraces, sea views and their own access to the pool.
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A few weeks ago, TUI launched direct flights to Thailand and Mexico from Oslo because they saw that the traffic on their websites about exotic destinations was large.
– It now sells faster than the most popular winter destinations in the Canary Islands, which is unusual. I think that has never happened before, says Aspengren.
She says that around 80 percent of those who order are adults. Families with children are somewhat more hesitant.
Apollo also notices that Norwegians long for Asia. According to the company, Norwegians are more careful about how they live there than in countries in Europe.
The company experiences that Norwegians who travel to, for example, Greece, want to live in local and unique places, not luxuriously.
– Norwegians who travel there, we see that would rather stay in family-run hotels than huge international resorts, says communications manager Beatriz Rivera to TV 2.
The orders follow the optimism
Although orders are increasing, TUI, Ving and Apollo state that the numbers are very low compared to a normal year.
None of the companies want to give figures on how many orders they have received.
It is especially when there is optimism among people and there is good news from the authorities, that bookings increase, according to travel companies.
Apollo says that they noticed an increase in orders in January when the vaccination started.
– The increase has been steady from week to week. When the National Institute of Public Health and Minister of Health Bent Høie said that they believe in summer abroad this year, we saw a marked jump in orders, says communications manager Rivera in Apollo.
Rivera points out that the National Institute of Public Health’s director of infection control, Geir Bukholm, stated at the beginning of March that he believes the borders can be opened at the end of May when everyone over the age of 45 has received the first dose of coronary vaccine. The next day, Høie said that such a scenario is not inconceivable.
On Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs extended the travel advice. They advise against all travel that is not strictly necessary to all countries until May 15, and they say it can be extended.
– This is still not the time to travel. In the current contagion situation, it is not justifiable to make relief or abolish the global travel council, said Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) in a press release.
She says it is too early to say how long the travel advice will be extended.
– But we encourage no one to plan to travel as normal in the spring and early summer, says Eriksen Søreide.
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