The European Travel Council revealed that the number of international arrivals and nights spent across EU member states was relatively low, mainly due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19.
Moreover, the countries with the largest declines in international arrivals were Czech (-94.2 percent), Spain (-88.7 percent), Slovakia (-86.6 percent), and Latvia (86 percent) with decreases in both Belgium and Finland. by 86 percent, TheSchengen.com reports.
In addition, the countries least affected by restrictions on international arrivals include Croatia (-36.5 percent), Montenegro (-43.5 percent), and Luxembourg (-44.7 percent).
The remaining data for international arrivals to the European Union and several third countries are as follows:
On the other hand, the number of international nights spent in EU member states reached a similar rate, with the Czech Republic again being significantly affected, registering a 94.1 percent decrease in international nights spent in accommodation facilities, followed by Germany (88.5) in per cent), Slovakia (85.8%) and Latvia (85.7%).
Moreover, the countries that will be affected somewhat less than others include Greece (-19.3 percent), Croatia (-24 percent), Serbia (-42.7 percent) and Monaco (-44.7 percent).
The countries in the middle, which have recorded a significant decrease in the number of tourist nights spent in the respective countries, include:
Malta (-50.1%) Denmark (-55.9%) Slovenia (-63.1%) Italy (-69.8%)
For the remaining countries, Iceland recorded a 71.6 percent decrease in international arrivals for 2021 compared to 2019, which is close to the decrease recorded in international nights spent in accommodation facilities in Norway for the same period (-76.6 percent).
In addition, Switzerland saw a drop of 78.4 percent in international arrivals and -74.4 percent in tourist nights spent there. While international arrivals to Turkey have halved for the time being (-54.6 percent), international arrivals to Serbia have fallen further, recording a decrease of 56.1 percent, while international nights have fallen by 42.7 percent.
Overall, the ETC report shows that inbound passenger visits are expected to reach 15.4 percent globally, and further increase by 119.6 percent in 2022. Outbound arrivals are expected to reach 120.9 percent in 2021 and decline to 15.2 percent by 2024.
However, arrivals in Europe are expected to reach 13.9 per cent by the end of the year and 107.1 per cent by next year. However, the increase in this tourism is expected to vary by only 9.7 percent in 2024.
Outbound tourism is expected to do better, reaching 23.5% in 2021, followed by 105.3% in 2022, ending with an increase of 10% in 2024.