ETC predicts that Europe will recover 70% of pre-COVID-19 travel demand this year

The European Travel Commission (ETC) has made a prediction that the willingness to travel will dominate this summer.

As per the reports, the recovery is in full swing heading into the peak summer season of 2022, with all the savings of travellers collected during the holiday season expected to increase the travel demand.

The ETC forecast also reveals that Europe will recover 70 per cent of pre-COVID-19 travel demand this year.

The nations that have witnessed the most substantial return in tourist arrivals for 2022 are-

– Bulgaria by – eight per cent

– Serbia by – ten per cent

– Turkey by -14 per cent

Additionally, the only places that reported data in May that also show a strong recovery are Monaco with -22%, Croatia with -30%, Iceland with -35%, and Slovenia with -37%.

The reports further added, “At the other end of the spectrum, Latvia’s geographical proximity to Russia slows the country’s tourism recovery from the pandemic (-63%) after mass hotel booking cancellations. Slovakia as well as the Czech Republic are also among the Eastern European destinations that are exceeding the 50% decline.”

In this context, the President of ETC, Luis Araujo, said that the restrictions of COVID-19 have returned. He also noted that people are eager to make up for two years of lost travel opportunities and that travel is witnessing a much faster recovery from Europe’s travel businesses. However, staff shortages could prove to be an obstacle to a full recovery.

He further noted that “Bring back talent & making careers in the sector more enticing, is the top priority for European tourism recovery in the coming months. It is also important that the EU nations check the impact of inflation on the cost of living- Europe must do everything within its power to ensure that travel does not become inaccessible for the average European.”

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