In spite of the growing cost-of-living concerns, European traveller's appetite for travel continues to rise with 70 per cent planning a trip in the next six months.
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European Travel Commission (ETC)
According to the European Travel Commission’s Long-Haul Travel Barometer for summer 2022, the appetite for overseas travel to Europe from several source markets has slightly improved compared to 2021.
As a representative for national tourism organisations across Europe, the European Travel Commission has issued a statement expressing solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
Despite the challenging end to 2021 and ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions, travel prospects across Europe shows more resilience, with signs of optimism for the early 2022 summer months.
With high vaccination rates in Europe, the European travel demand is prepared for a significant recovery however, volumes are not due to surpass pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels until 2024.
According to research released by the European Travel Commission, desire and confidence for travel remains strong across Europe, indicating a positive tourism outlook for the coming months.
Despite the rising Delta variant and COVID-19 cases throughout the EU, 70 per cent of Europeans surveyed remained positive during summer 2021, with plans to travel between July 2021 and January 2022.
As a result of the increase in vaccinations, the introduction of the EU Digital COVID Certificate and the upcoming summer season, interest in travel has risen significantly compared to February 2021.
More than 836 million passengers were lost by regional European airports in 2020, prompting ACI Europe to call for a more supportive EU policy framework.
With the risk of the industry facing irreversible damage growing ever more likely, European aviation and tourism organisations have called for better and more effective financial support.