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Premier Inn-owner Whitbread sees leisure demand pickup

June 17 (Reuters) - Premier Inn-owner Whitbread on Thursday reported strong forward booking trends in tourist locations throughout the summer, as demand for travel and leisure picked up after Britain eased some COVID-19 curbs in April and May.

However, the company said total sales fell 69.8% in the first quarter from pre-COVID-19 levels. (Reporting by Vishwadha Chander and Muvija M in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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