WTTC reveals massive increase in bookings for international travel

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The strong recovery is evident for sun and sea destinations, such as the Caribbean and Latin America, leading incoming international bookings

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and its information partner ForwardKeys, revealed a favorable forecast on the increase in international flight bookings as travel and restrictions take off.

According to the data, this year shows triple-digit growth for inbound flight bookings worldwide, compared to last year, including the Americas region, Europe and Asia.

The strong recovery is evident for the summer season, with sun and sea destinations, such as the Caribbean and Latin America, leading incoming international bookings.

According to ForwardKeys, a leading travel and analytics company, there are 20 best-performing destinations for the summer, including Costa Rica, Aruba, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, which rely heavily on international travel, and lead the pack with reserves already exceeding pre-pandemic levels.

Julia Simpson, President and CEO of the WTTC, said: “The booking data from the WTTC and ForwardKeys is a strong signal of the strong recovery of the Travel & Tourism sector”.

A clear example of this is the Asia-Pacific region, which during the first quarter of 2022 experienced a 275 percent increase in the number of reservations for the region compared to 2021.

“As travel restrictions are lifted and borders are reopened to visitors, in line with customer demand, the improvement will be even more remarkable, for the second quarter it will be 264 percent compared to the previous year,” said Julia Simpson.

In turn, Olivier Ponti, Vice President of ForwardKeys Insights, noted: “It is very encouraging that Asia has finally started to reopen, which is driving the return of travel in and out of the region, is the case of the visitors who attended to the WTTC Global Summit Venue in the Philippines, which will increase its growth by 29 percent in the second quarter of this year compared to the first quarter, being the fastest developing destination in Southeast Asia.

Elsewhere, the resurgence of travel is showing in arrivals in Europe, with a massive 350 per cent increase in international arrivals for the first quarter of 2022 compared to last year to destinations such as Iceland, Greece, Portugal, Spain and France showing strong resurgence with travel bookings slightly behind pre-pandemic levels.

Other trends seen include stronger last-minute bookings. Africa and the Middle East also feature in the top 20 list, with Tanzania, Qatar and Egypt also reaching near-pandemic levels of travel. India and Pakistan are also very popular, thanks to trips mainly to visit family and friends.