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France Remains Top Travel Destination in EU for 2022

The European Travel Council (ETC) has revealed that while travelers’ confidence has declined in major markets such as China, Japan and Canada, more Brazilians and Americans are planning to travel to member states in Europe in 2022.

According to a survey conducted by the agency, 63 percent of Brazilians and 45 percent of American respondents said they would like to visit the European Union this year. On the other hand, 57 percent of Chinese respondents said they would visit the consortium by the end of the year, TheSchengen.com reports.

Moreover, Russian travelers are hesitant to return on long-haul flights to the EU, with the majority waiting for fully lifted restrictions (45 percent) and the availability of attractions and activities at destinations (28 percent). However, Russians are the most open to deals and deals (39 percent), which increases the possibility of last-minute travel planning.

Although Russian respondents revealed a reluctance to undertake any travel year-round, Japanese respondents were the most skeptical of the practice with only 23 percent of them confirming their plans to travel outside East Asia — 15 percent of whom had considered traveling to the European Union. .

The report further reveals that the age groups expected to travel more in 2022 are between 18, 34, 35 and 49 years, compared to those over 50. Travel by the end of 2022.

“The desire for long-haul flights in 2022 is stronger among wealthier travelers, a trend more pronounced among affluent respondents in the United States, Russia and China. Meanwhile, in Brazil, income is less important, and middle-to-high-income people have similar feelings about trips away from home,” the report states.

Key Drivers for International Travel for 2020 in Top Markets

Vaccination rates in the countries concerned remain the main factor in determining whether international travelers want to visit the European Union, as claimed by 29 percent of respondents, followed by knowledge that the country is dealing effectively with the epidemic and that health protocols are safe in recreational facilities in these countries (28 percent each).

For US participants, the main reason for travel was the state’s effectiveness in managing COVID-19 cases (25 percent) followed by vaccinations (24 percent), concessional travel restrictions (23 percent), and flexible cancellations (22 percent).

On the other hand, Chinese and Brazilian respondents shared similar ideas as they revealed that their main motivation for travel was vaccination (45 percent each), followed by pre-travel COVID-19 testing, which affects 40 percent of Brazilian travelers and 38. percent of Chinese . Furthermore, 32 percent of Brazilian and Chinese respondents found health and safety protocols at the destination to be necessary for travel. Vaccination rates at destinations were the main travel factor for 31% of Chinese respondents and 27% of Brazilians participating, as well as attractive deals and deals – which amounted to 25% for Chinese.

Russian travelers are taking a different approach to traveling to the European Union for 2022 as nearly half (45 percent) decide to travel based on travel restrictions, fully lifted bargains and tempting deals (29 percent). Availability of attractions in the destination country comes next with 28 percent of respondents claiming this while health-related issues don’t really affect their confidence to travel as only 21 percent chose health and safety protocols and the country’s effectiveness in managing the virus (19 percent) as a source to worry.

Conversely, Japanese participants found health and safety protocols to be essential factors for travel (43 percent) and fully lifted travel restrictions (31 percent). The rest of the respondents revealed that the effectiveness of managing the coronavirus situation in the country is important (28 percent), followed by vaccination rates (27 percent) and vaccination against the virus (25 percent).

Results from Canadian respondents were divided relatively evenly with 30 percent revealing that the destination’s effectiveness in managing COVID-19 is the most important factor for travel, 28 percent of respondents appreciating flexible cancellation policies, 27 percent accommodating travel restrictions and 25 percent cent of vaccination rates.

Preferred EU Destinations for Brazilians, Canadians, Chinese, Japanese, Russians and Americans in 2022

France was the preferred destination for international responders to visit, with the exception of Brazilians and Russians. In addition, more than half of each group of participants preferred the urban locations of the destination.

In addition, more than half of Brazilian respondents said they would like to visit cities, and their main EU destinations include Portugal (47 percent), France (41 percent), Italy (33 percent), and Spain (25 percent). ) and Germany (19 percent).

A common desire for urban destinations in a country is shared by all international participants, including Canadians, as claimed by 54 percent. Additionally, the most preferred destinations for Canadian travelers in 2022 are France (32 percent), Italy (26 percent) and Germany (19 percent).

Chinese and Japanese respondents shared a common interest because all of their destinations had identical rates—France (55 percent), Germany (34 percent), Denmark and Italy (31 percent). However, the desire to visit cities was more pronounced for the Japanese participants with 64 percent of them saying they would like to do so during their trip to the EU member states.

American respondents also prefer to visit France on their trip to the European Union in 2022 – as claimed by 36 percent, followed by Italy (30 percent), Spain (21 percent) and Germany (19 percent).

However, France is not the first destination for Russian respondents as they chose Italy as their preferred destination in 2022 (20 per cent), followed by France (18 per cent), Toki (17 per cent) and Austria (14 per cent). ). In contrast to other participants, Russians preferred coastal and beach resorts (41 percent) more than urban areas.

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