According to the International Luxury Travel Market’s (ILTM) Global Buyer Research ran from 4th to 8th June 2020 and shared with over 4000 travel advisors worldwide, 64% of buyers reported that they already have received bookings since march and due to take place less than 3 months.
The European buyers with bookings confirmed that the Maldives was booked among the top 5 destinations and the most popular category at 73% is beach escapes. Despite the current uncertainty and the hesitation to travel internationally, there are still clients wanting to travel even with 27% of clients are willing to fly long-haul destinations. For those who still hesitate to travel has been moving to more private means. According to the buyers with bookings reported that 22% of clients considered alternative travel modes including private jets, planes, and yachts.
Travel Advisors remain optimistic to book Maldives for luxury travel during the new normal as luxury forms of travel, including stays in private villas and travel in jets, are leading trends among HNW travelers
Based on the research, the main barrier for clients to travel highlighted by buyers shows that 64% of clients hesitated to travel due to health concerns and quarantine rules. But as Maldives reopened its borders on 15th July with no restrictions but with safety guidelines, more than 20 luxury resorts with amazing private villas were also reopened and more to open starting from August, September, and October as well.
Some of the reopened resorts include the option to buy out a private villa or the entire island with 20 private villas and houses right in front of the beach or overwater for travellers which makes the Maldives the perfect destination right now, to travel either via private travel modes such as by jets, Yachts or planes and experience most socially distance form of escape in the sunny side of life.