Tour operators in the US have resumed their domestic and international group tours, showing signs of recovery in group tour activities after a year of pause due to Covid-19.
According to Condé Nast Traveler, Tauck and EF Go Ahead Tours are launching guided tours globally from April and May.
In the domestic market, Tauck has begun reopening tours to Georgia, South Carolina and New Orleans. The company also hopes all of its US domestic tours can be fully resumed by early July. EF Go Ahead Tours plans to reopen international tours to Costa Rica and Iceland this May.
Meanwhile, Intrepid Travel and REI Adventures are also expanding more domestic tourism products this summer. Intrepid Travel has sold out tours to Zion ranch and to Alaska since February and more tours will be added soon. REI Adventure also launched 19 new itineraries with many long-day hiking tours.
To ensure the safety of guests, companies adopt medical protocols, require testing pre-departure and social distancing during the journey. The number of guests in groups has also decreased compared to before. The EF Go Ahead Tours group size has decreased from 38 to 10 to 22. G Adventures limits the maximum number of guests per group to 12 people. Exodus Travels limits to 10 people per group.
Dan Mahar, CEO of Tauck, said: “Guests told us they loved their tours, and their positive feedback proved conclusively that we can deliver a true Tauck-level experience while still following all of the appropriate health and safety protocols.”