Global tourism sees strong rebound in 2022

International tourism continued its recovery in January 2022, increasing 130 per cent compared to 2021, according to the latest UNWTO data.

However, the pace of recovery in January was impacted by the emergences of the Omicron variant and the re-introduction of travel restrictions in several destinations.

Europe (+199%) and the Americas (+97%) continued to post the strongest results, with international arrivals still around half pre-pandemic levels (-53% and -52%, respectively). Asia and the Pacific recorded a 44 per cent year-on-year increase.

International tourism is expected to continue its gradual recovery in 2022 but the war in Ukraine poses new challenges to the global economic environment and risks hampering the return of confidence in global travel, according to the UNWTO.