WTTC Foresees Strong Recovery of European Travel & Tourism in 2022

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A productive summer season is expected to occur, as bookings for intra-European travel have increased by more than 250 per cent, and summer bookings have surpassed the 2021 levels by 80 per cent so far, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has revealed.

According to a press release issued by WTTC, intra-European flight bookings for the Easter holiday and summer season have surpassed last year’s performance, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The WTTC President, Julia Simpson, pointed out how travelling is recovering across the 27-nation-bloc and also expressed concerns related to travel restrictions imposed by governments.

“The problems occur when governments react with travel restrictions. The World Health Organisation says that closing borders are pointless when Omicron is already prevalent in society. All it does is damage the economy and livelihoods,” CEO Simpson argued.

She went on to urge governments to reduce travel restrictions and to allow fully vaccinated travellers to move freely without being subject to testing or other requirements.

According to the booking data, intra-European travel during Easter and summer in 2022 is anticipated to perform relatively good, reaching the pre-pandemic levels by 38 and 45 per cent for each.

In addition, during the first quarter of 2022, intra-European travel has experienced a 275 per cent increase in bookings, while the most recent booking data shows that international arrivals to destinations across the EU will witness an over 280 per cent surge compared to the corresponding period in 2021.

Spain is anticipated to be the most popular destination for travellers from the other EU Member States, as arrivals to Spain during the first quarter of 2022 are currently up by 320 per cent, followed by Turkey.

Furthermore, the global travel and tourism sector brought nearly €8.1 trillion to the economy and represented 10.6 per cent of all jobs, accounting for 334 million.

Previously, WTTC revealed on research that almost 62 million jobs were lost in 2020 due to the pandemic, thus, the sector’s contribution to the global GDP dropped by €3.9 trillion.

In addition, the travel organization has shown that about 202,000 people working in the travel and tourism sector in Spain have lost their jobs in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, accounting for a decrease of 19.5 per cent in direct employment in the sector.

This means that one in 11 vacancies in the sector were left unfilled due to a lack of workers. Moreover, 16,000 workers, on average, will be left jobless in 2022.

source : schengenvisainfo

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