UNWTO: International tourism back to 60% of pre-pandemic levels

 Monday, September 26, 2022 

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According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourist arrivals almost tripled in January to July 2022 (+172%) compared to the same period of 2021.

This means the sector recovered almost 60% of pre-pandemic levels.



The steady recovery reflects strong pent-up demand for international travel as well as the easing or lifting of travel restrictions to date (86 countries had no COVID-19 related restrictions as of 19 September 2022).


UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said that tourism continues to recover steadily, yet several challenges remain, from geopolitical to economic.

The sector is bringing back hope and opportunity for people everywhere. Now is also the time to rethink tourism, where it is going and how it impacts people and planet.

An estimated 474 million tourists travelled internationally over the period, compared to the 175 million in the same months of 2021.

An estimated 207 million international arrivals were recorded in June and July 2022 combined, over twice the numbers seen in the same two months last year.

These months represent 44% of the total arrivals recorded in the first seven months of 2022. Europe welcomed 309 million of these arrivals, accounting for 65% of the total.

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