Europe and Asia Pacific show increased hotel pipeline activity

Two of the four world regions, Europe and Asia Pacific, showed an increase in hotel pipeline activity at the end of the third quarter, according to September 2021 data from STR. September 2021 (% changes in comparison with September 2020) Europe In Construction: 230,265 rooms (+6.6%) Final Planning: 171,988 rooms (+5.9%) Planning: 148,565 rooms (-4.8%) […]

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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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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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ForwardKeys: Europe’s summer air travel fails to reach 40% of 2019

New research from ForwardKeys, which has the freshest and most comprehensive flight booking data available, reveals that international flights to European destinations in July and August reached 39.9% of pre-pandemic levels. This is significantly better than last year (which was 26.6%), when the COVID-19 pandemic caused widespread lockdowns; and vaccines were not yet approved. However, […]

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European travel rules confusion wasting advantages of Digital Covid Certificate

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that free movement within Europe is being compromised by the failure of EU member states to harmonize COVID-19 entry regulations. As a result, the reopening of borders is confusing travelers and businesses and not delivering the expected benefits in terms of easier travel and economic recovery. IATA research […]

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STR: U.K. leading Europe in hotel occupancy recovery

The U.K. continues to lead Europe in hotel occupancy with four straight weeks above 60% in the metric, according to STR data through 18 July. “Demand is almost exclusively leisure-driven as the U.K. has benefitted from a successful vaccination program, a phased reopening and improved travel sentiment overall,” said Thomas Emanuel, STR’s Director. “Other countries […]

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IATA: June air travel recovery continues to disappoint

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced passenger demand performance for June 2021 showing a very slight improvement in both international and domestic air travel markets. Demand remains significantly below pre-COVID-19 levels owing to international travel restrictions. As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise […]

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UNWTO: International travel largely on hold despite uptick in May

The biggest crisis in the history of tourism continues into a second year. Between January and May, international tourist arrivals were 85% below 2019 levels (or a 65% drop on 2020), UNWTO data shows. Despite a small uptick in May, the emergence of COVID-19 variants and the continued imposition of restrictions are weighing on the […]

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The European Travel Commission partners with Euronews to support the travel & tourism sector in Europe

For the second year running, Euronews, Europe’s leading international news media, has partnered with the European Travel Commission (ETC), representing national tourism boards of Europe, to support the travel and tourism sector. A new ETC campaign “Open up to Europe” has recently started to run across Euronews’ TV and digital platforms, and aims to support […]

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