MANILA, 25 April 2022: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and its knowledge partner ForwardKeys, forecast a significant increase in global international flights bookings as international travel takes off.
The booking bounce back was revealed at WTTC’s 21st Global Summit last Friday in Manila.
News of the strong recovery highlights a promising prospect for summer holiday travel, with sun and sea destinations, such as the Caribbean and Latin America, leading the international inbound bookings.
According to ForwardKeys, the countries leading the top 20 best-performing destinations ranking for the summer are Costa Rica, Aruba, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica, which rely heavily upon international travel. These destinations lead the pack with bookings already surpassing pre-pandemic levels.
Last year, the industry’s gradual recovery was significantly slowed by the surge in Omicron cases. However, the future looks brighter for 2022 with positive booking data worldwide.
“WTTC 2022 booking data from ForwardKeys is a firm signal of the strong recovery of the global Travel & Tourism sector,” said WTTC President & CEO Julia Simpson. “Travel to the Asia-Pacific region shows impressive improvement as destinations gradually reopen their borders to visitors, in line with customer demand.”
ForwardKeys vice president Insights, Olivier Ponti said: “It is very encouraging that Asia has finally begun reopening, which is driving the return of both travel to Asia and within the region, both of which are clearly going to be instrumental in driving the global economic recovery.”
According to the data, Q1 and Q2 figures for this year show triple-digit growth for inbound flight bookings worldwide compared to last year, including the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
Travellers are eager to spend more on travel following the loosening of restrictions, with heightened demand for premium cabin classes in 2022. Other trends seen include stronger last-minute bookings.
Further evidence of the resurgence in travel is shown in arrivals in Europe, with a massive 350% surge in international arrivals for Q1 in 2022 compared to last year.
Asia-Pacific countries also saw an increase in arrivals for Q1 of this year compared to 2021, with bookings for the region up 275%.
In Q2, we see further acceleration of the continuing recovery with a significant rise in international bookings, which have soared by 264% from the year before.
This acceleration is particularly notable in Asia, where travel restrictions are being removed. Host to the WTTC Global Summit, the
The Philippines is the fastest-growing single destination in Southeast Asia, 29% up in Q2 this year compared to Q1.
The summer travel outlook is led by the resurgence of travel to the Caribbean and Latin America, including seven out of the top 10 travel destinations.
India is also highly popular, thanks to travel mainly to visit family and friends.
Meanwhile, in Europe, destinations such as Iceland, Greece, Portugal, Spain and France are showing a strong resurgence, with travel bookings just slightly behind pre-pandemic levels.
Africa and the Middle East also feature in the top 20 list, with Tanzania, Qatar and Egypt also reaching close to pre-pandemic levels of travel.
The continued recovery of the Travel & Tourism sector in the Asia-Pacific region looks set to accelerate as destinations gradually reopen throughout 2022.