Sumary of Traveling Alone, in Groups:
- Solo travelers like Ms. Katz are joining guided tours at unprecedented rates, say tour organizers, with some companies reporting single bookings up 300 percent over those from couples, families or clusters of friends.
- ‘Even solo travelers want to travel with people sometimes’The National Tour Association, a professional organization for tour operators, said the group travel industry as a whole has yet to recover from the pandemic’s blow to its business.
- “Half of our tour operators don’t expect their company to outperform 2019 metrics until 2023,” said Bob Rouse, N.
- Travel companies catering specifically to women have increased by 230 percent over the past six years, while a flurry of new travel start-ups, including AvantStay and TRIPS by the Culture Trip, have grown by marketing toward those born after 1980.Women’s interest in group travel is perhaps most notable.
- Katalina Mayorga, the chief executive of El Camino Travel, which offers small group tours for women, says that sales for the fourth quarter of 2021 are 200 percent higher than the same period in 2019, and 65 percent of those booking are doing so as solo travelers.
- Allison Scola, founder of Experience Sicily, says solo women on her tours now make up 66 percent of guests, while at Indus Travels, 80 percent of customers booking spots on tours for solo travelers are now women.