Homeworking agency Not Just Travel is claiming a 20% surge in late bookings for this summer.

The rise over the same time last year proves that the travel industry is as buoyant and robust as ever ahead during the peak season, according to the company.

With Brexit uncertainty continuing, people are looking beyond Europe for their holidays, with long-haul sales up to the US, Canada, Australia and the Maldives.

Not Just Travel and sister company The Travel Franchise saw their agents break five commission records in July.

These included the highest financial value of commission payouts, the highest average commission paid, the highest number of people earning more than £5,000 a month, the highest number of people earning over £3,000 per month and the highest number of payouts.

The firm has appointed Annabel Wathen as managing director and David Pope as head of sales and training.

The Bournemouth-based company now employs 40 staff and has more than 700 franchisees.

Co-founder Steve Witt said: “We have seen a rise in last minute bookings recently – 20% more than we were expecting.

“We believe it’s due to the earlier caution people had about Brexit. We are seeing better deals than we have seen for a long time.

“Business is booming as customers recognise the benefits of booking with an agent who is dedicated to offering competitively priced concierge-style service.

“Our disruptive travel booking model is helping time-poor customers fulfil their holiday dreams by offering the range of holidays found on the high street, but surpassing them on service.

“Our agents are reaping the benefits of the intensive training we offer, to increase their sales network as well as boosting booking averages.

“As a result, we have more agents on our books than ever before who have transformed their lives and are happily beating their monthly wage packets in their previous jobs.”