UNWTO: International tourism consolidates strong recovery amidst growing challenges

International tourism continues to show signs of a strong and steady recovery from the impact of the pandemic despite significant mounting economic and geopolitical challenges. According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourism saw a strong rebound in the first five months of 2022, with almost 250 million international arrivals recorded. This compares […]

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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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UNWTO: Tourism enjoys strong start to 2022 while facing new uncertainties  

International tourism continued its recovery in January 2022, with a much better performance compared to the weak start to 2021. However, the Russian invasion of Ukraine adds pressure to existing economic uncertainties, coupled with many Covid-related travel restrictions still in place. Overall confidence could be affected and hamper the recovery of tourism. Based on the […]

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Omicron impact immediate and substantial for Europe’s airports

In the 3 week period (weeks 47 to 49) following the first report from South Africa to the WHO of the Omicron variant (24 November 2021), passenger traffic at Europe’s airports is estimated to have fallen by -20%1 .Over the same period, load factors on flights to/from European airports are estimated to have decreased from […]

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UNWTO: New Covid-19 surges keep travel restrictions in place

One out of five destinations continue to have their borders completely closed as new surges of COVID-19 impact the restart of international tourism. The latest research shows that still 98% of all destinations have some kind of travel restrictions in place. According to the UNWTO Travel Restrictions Report, 46 destinations (21% of all destinations worldwide) […]

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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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UNWTO: Vaccines and reopen borders driving Tourism’s recovery

International tourism enjoyed signs of rebound in June and July 2021 as some destinations eased travel restrictions and the global vaccination rollout advanced in many parts of the world. According to the latest edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, an estimated 54 million tourists crossed international borders in July 2021, down 67% from the […]

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UNWTO: Global economy could lose over $4 trillion due to COVID-19 impact on tourism

The “crash” in international tourism due to the coronavirus pandemic could cause a loss of more than $4 trillion to the global GDP for the years 2020 and 2021, according to an UNCTAD report published on 30 June. The estimated loss has been caused by the pandemic’s direct impact on tourism and its ripple effect […]

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Lufthansa deploys the “Jumbo” and Airbus A350 to Mallorca due to high summer vacation demand

Lufthansa is taking extraordinary measures in order to respond to a significant increase in booking demand for flights to Palma de Mallorca from both Frankfurt and Munich. The booking figures for the destination “PMI” have increased 25 times between April and the beginning of June 2021: The airline will be operating a Boeing 747-8 from […]

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Tourist numbers down 83% but confidence slowly rising

International tourist arrivals were down 83% in the first quarter of 2021 as widespread travel restrictions remained in place. However, the UNWTO Confidence Index shows signs of a slow uptick in confidence. Between January and March 2021 destinations around the world welcomed 180 million fewer international arrivals compared to the first quarter of last year. […]

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