Published on : Thursday, November 11, 2021
On industry expert warns that in 2021, international tourist arrivals into Europe are probably to experience a drop of 60 per cent on 2019 levels.
This information came as the United States eased European visitor related restrictions, perking up expectations that long-haul air travel can help in reviving the sector from Covid-19 curbs.
On Tuesday, tourism marketer of the European Travel Commission (ETC) forecasts in a report that was published where it was said that international visitor arrivals to the region will experience a plunge of 60 per cent on 2019 by the end of 2021.
Halfway through 2021, the number of tourists coming into Europe went down 77 per cent, explains the body’s quarterly report, European Tourism Trends & Prospects.
Decisions by several European states to permit US vaccinated travellers to support the numbers during the summer.
Majority of people rushed to the Mediterranean sun spots, with Greece welcoming the fastest rebound in US visitor numbers and creating a record, reaching 61 per cent of pre-pandemic levels.
“Although European travel demand is poised for a major recovery, volumes are still far from the pre-pandemic days which are not expected to return until 2024,” says the report.
Luís Araújo, ETC president, observed that the statistics showed the crucial role vaccination played in aiding travel’s recovery.
“However, vaccination efforts won’t be enough,” he said. “As the winter months approach, it is imperative that Europe strives to further restore the freedom of movement by implementing more holistic and coherent approaches for travel within and outside the EU.”