According to a statement released by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Intra-European airline reservations for the summer season have surpassed last year’s performance.
Summer bookings for intra-European travel have surged by more than 250%, and summer bookings have alreadsy exceeded 2021 levels by 80%, according to the WTTC.
Furthermore, reservations for intra-European travel increased by 275% in the first quarter of 2022, while the most current booking data suggests that foreign arrivals to EU locations would climb by more than 280% compared to the same time in 2021.
Spain is likely to be the most popular destination for visitors from the other EU Member States, with arrivals jumping by 320% in the first quarter of 2022, followed by Turkey.
Julia Simpson, President of the World Tourism and Tourism Council, highlighted how travel is recovering across the 27-nation bloc while also expressing worries about government-imposed travel restrictions. She then urged nations to relax travel restrictions and enable fully vaccinated travellers to travel freely without being subjected to testing or other conditions.
“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,” Julia commented.
It is to be noted that the worldwide travel and tourism sector contributed a healthy €8+ trillion to the European economy and accounted for 10.6% of all jobs (334 million).