Back in business: Travel back for Flight Centre

WELCOME BACK: Charmaine Robold and Karlie Tyszyk are happy to back meeting with customer face to face at Salamander Bay Flight Centre.
WELCOME BACK: Charmaine Robold and Karlie Tyszyk are happy to back meeting with customer face to face at Salamander Bay Flight Centre.

Travel is back on the agenda after an extensive COVID-forced layoff and no one could be more excited than the staff at Flight Centre in the Salamander shopping centre.

Store manager Charmaine Robold said it had been full steam ahead since doors were reopened on Monday for the first time in more than two months.

"It has been quite challenging but we have enjoyed looking after our customers for the past 18 months, despite the cancellations, the refunds and now rebooking tours," Ms Robold said.

"And nothing beats the excitement of being able to meet customers face to face and talk travel again. Already we have had many of our regulars pop in and it's great to know that they share our enthusiasm and optimism for 2022 and beyond."

As for the hottest destinations among Port Stephens travellers, Europe seems to be the overwhelming favourite.

"We have been receiving a large number of European tour bookings and inquiries. People are just so happy to be able to book overseas flights and tours and we are seeing the occasional cruise booking.

"Locally, interstate travel is yet to really take off but we have had a few rail tour bookings, including the Indian Pacific for 2022. Flights to Tasmania are also popular."

Ms Robold said that the first week of open-door business had seen a steady stream of new customers in addition to the regular clientele.

"We have always done a lot of repeat business but the number of new families and couples moving into Port Stephens over the past few months has been noticeable."

Ms Robold, who has been in the travel industry for nine years, believes that overseas travel would be high on the list for many people once international border restrictions are removed after nearly two years of lockdowns. "Money is no issue for many of these people."

Team member Karlie Tyszyk said that the 'no quarantine from November 1' announcement by the new State Premier Dominic Perrottet on Friday would have huge positive impact on would-be travellers. "People are eager to get away and overseas travel is high on the agenda."

If your not sure on where to go, the Flight Centre experts have passed on their recommendations.

For Ms Tyszyk, who has five years' experience as a travel agent, London is a must.

"It's a pretty city and I love the grandeur and the royalty aspect."

TOURS: The Taj Mahal in India is a favourite destination for Port Stephens travellers. Picture: Supplied

TOURS: The Taj Mahal in India is a favourite destination for Port Stephens travellers. Picture: Supplied

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