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Demand for travel picking back up in Central Nebraska

Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 8:30 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - As restrictions loosen up across the country and vaccines become more available, people are back traveling and taking trips in Central Nebraska.

“Since the beginning of the year it’s just slowly grown and then with this past month, it’s just exploded,” Wegner Travel Co. Owner Kate Wegner said. “So I’ve had too much, too much to do.”

Travel Agent Kate Wegner planned about 25 trips this past month, which happens to be the most she’s booked since she started her business back in 2018.

“I have a lot of people looking at beaches over the summer or even internationally, a lot of just warmer climates, just want to get away, relax, change of pace, change of scenery,” Wegner said.

Wegner said her clients express they need a vacation after being cooped up all year.

“People are ready to go,” Wegner said. “They want to get out of their house. They want to be able to do something.”

Over at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island, flight sales have increased dramatically.

“We’ll be around 4,400, 4,500 flights,” Executive Director Mike Olson said.“ Last year in April we got 200.”

Olson said they are well above the national average and are actually 70% on track to reach their record year in sales from 2019.

“It’s good for the airlines,” Olson said. “It’s good for the TSA to keep people gainfully employed, so we’re very excited about our recovery efforts.”

With the high demand in travel comes a rise in prices, Olson said flight tickets have gone up slightly.

Wegner may be booked and busy lately but she’s always looking to gain new clients. People interested in an all-inclusive resort vacation can follow her on Facebook.

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