Europe leads the way in international tourism

 Friday, September 3, 2021 


Tourism is once again increasing with Europe and the Americas benefitting from the steepestincrease in international visitors in the last six months.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought international tourism to a grinding halt. Borders were closed, airlines shut down and for a while, many were worried that the industry would never recuperate, given the financial damage of global lockdown.

However, as per global data, for the vast majority of the world, a very difficult 2020 has actually initiated a more promising 2021.

In February, American tourism hit a low of 3.5 million international visitors.A similar pattern of decline between December 2020 and February 2021 was also seen across Asia & the Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East.

However, there are signs of a tourism recovery already in 2021 when considering the last six months as a whole.

Between February and March 2021, the number of tourists in Europe went up from below 5 million to almost 6 million, marking a growth of 19.9%. In April, this number increased by a further 25.9% before rising once again, this time by 60.9%, into May when more than 12.1 million international tourists entered the nations of Europe.

This recent growth means that European tourism increased 74.7% between December 2020 and May 2021, marking the biggest global bounce back.

The American tourism industry also witnessed 14% revival since December, with Asia & the Pacific witnessing a total of 8.5% growth in tourism.

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