The Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC) has published its third quarter transaction survey, showing a rise in all areas compared to the same period last year – overall transactions were up 4 per cent. Leading the way was car hire, up 16 per cent on the same quarter last year, with a 10 per cent increase year on year.
Air travel was up 7 per cent up year on year while rail bookings were up 3 per cent. Hotel bookings showed a 2 per cent increase compared to the same quarter last year, but an 8 per cent rise year on year.
GTMC chief executive Anne Godfrey said: “All modes of travel are showing growth. Rail has recovered from the dip in the second quarter. The most impressive increase is in car hire, but it’s worth noting that although 76,925 car hire transactions were reported this quarter, the stats are still not back up to the pre-recession high. In the same quarter, 2007, there were 98,079 car hire transactions.”