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WTTC Foresees Strong Recovery of European Travel & Tourism in 2022

A fruitful summer season is expected, with travel bookings within Europe increasing by more than 250 percent, and summer bookings exceeding 2021 levels by 80 percent so far, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). I showed.

According to a press release from WTTC, flight bookings within Europe for the Easter holiday and summer season have outpaced last year’s performance, TheSchengen.com reports.

WTTC President Julia Simpson noted how travel across the 27-nation bloc has recovered, and also expressed concerns about travel restrictions imposed by governments.

Problems occur when governments react to travel restrictions. The World Health Organization says that closing the borders is pointless when Omicron is already prevalent in the community. CEO Simpson argued, “All it does is damage the economy and livelihoods.”

She urged governments to reduce travel restrictions and allow fully vaccinated travelers to move about freely without undergoing testing or other requirements.

According to booking data, travel within Europe during Easter and summer 2022 is expected to perform relatively well, reaching pre-pandemic levels of 38 and 45 per cent each.

Additionally, during the first quarter of 2022, travel within Europe saw a 275 percent increase in bookings, while the latest booking data shows that international arrivals to destinations across the European Union will see a more than 280 percent increase compared to the corresponding period in year 2021.

Spain is expected to be the most popular destination for travelers from other EU member states, with arrivals to Spain increasing during the first quarter of 2022 by 320%, followed by Turkey.

Furthermore, the global travel and tourism sector brought nearly €8.1 trillion to the economy and accounted for 10.6 percent of all jobs, representing 334 million.

Previously, the WTTC revealed in a research that nearly 62 million jobs will be lost in 2020 due to the pandemic, and thus, the sector’s contribution to global GDP has decreased by 3.9 trillion euros.

In addition, the travel organization showed that about 202,000 people working in the travel and tourism sector in Spain lost their jobs in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which represents a 19.5 percent decrease in direct employment in this sector.

This means that one in every 11 vacant jobs in the sector is left vacant due to a shortage of workers. Moreover, 16,000 workers, on average, will be left unemployed in 2022.

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