According to WTTC and ETC, 1.2 million Travel & Tourism jobs across the EU will remain unfilled unless urgent action is taken

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the European Travel Commission (ETC) warn that the Travel & Tourism sector’s recovery could be put at serious risk if almost 1.2 million jobs remain unfilled across the EU. The challenging summer labour shortfall has been revealed by WTTC in its latest analysis of the sector and […]

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ETC: Strong outlook for European tourism recovery | Staff shortages & cost of living crisis loom

As concerns over Covid-19 wane, Europe is expected to recover 70% of pre-pandemic travel demand in 2022 Sudden surge in consumer demand coupled with staff shortages pose serious challenges for the sector going into the summer months Long-haul travel into Europe continues to lag significantly behind short- and medium-haul recovery Uncertainty brought about by worsening […]

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ETC: European tourism to remain resilient in 2022 amidst pandemic & geopolitical Uncertainty

The most recent edition of the ‘European Tourism Trends & Prospects’ quarterly report from the European Travel Commission (ETC) predicts that European tourism will demonstrate resilience amidst risks on multiple fronts. The report monitors the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as current economic and geopolitical headwinds and anticipates that European tourism will continue […]

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ETC: Stands in solidarity with Ukraine

The European Travel Commission (ETC), representing national tourism organisations of Europe, issued a statement today condemning the military aggression by the Russian Federation and expressing solidarity with the people of Ukraine: “The European Travel Commission stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. The Russian military invasion in Ukraine is in direct opposition to the fundamental […]

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ETC: European travel demand expected to be just 20% below pre-covid levels in 2022

Uncertainty brought about by the Omicron variant negatively impacted Europe’s travel and tourism sector at the end of Q4 2021, hampering prospects for its recovery in the first quarter of 2022. Nonetheless, optimism remains as the European Travel Commission (ETC) predicts tourist arrivals to be just 20% below pre-pandemic levels in 2022, in spite of […]

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ETC: Mass exodus of skilled workers from the hospitality sector over the past two years

Leading by example, tourism directors from all over Europe travelled to Switzerland and met in person to plan how to revive the struggling travel sector. Last week’s Annual Meeting of the European Travel Commission (ETC) in Engelberg, Switzerland brought together the Board of Directors of national tourism authorities and their marketing and research teams from […]

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New ETC report investigates impact of Covid-19 on tourists’ sustainable travel attitudes

Although consumers’ adoption of sustainable behaviour in tourism has been growing in the past years, research has shown that the global pandemic has driven more sustainable travel trends. Generally, travellers seem to be adopting greener options and paying closer attention to their impact on the environment and local communities. However, the willingness to adopt a […]

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WTTC and ETC call on EU Member States to effectively coordinate and align responses to the evolving epidemiological situation

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the European Travel Commission (ETC), supported by a number of key travel stakeholders, have urged EU Member States to align their responses to the deteriorating COVID-19 situation and avoid imposing any limits to the freedom of movement across Europe. The organisations say the sector cannot afford inconsistent […]

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ETC: Pre-pandemic levels of european travel will not be achieved until 2024

Despite a strong summer rebound, international tourist arrivals to Europe are forecast to be 60% below 2019 by the end of 2021. European tourist arrivals were still down 77% half-way through the year relative to 2019. European air passenger growth gained momentum over the months of June (-69%), July (-57%) and August (-49%) compared to […]

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ETC: Long-Haul travellers remain cautious about planning trips to Europe

According to the latest Long-Haul Travel Barometer 3/2021 (LHTB), intentions to travel to Europe between September and December 2021 remain weak in key overseas markets. Results suggest that as long as COVID-19 safety concerns persist, many will remain cautious about visiting European destinations. However, with vaccination rates continuing to improve across the globe, there is […]

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