International travel surges as countries open up

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The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has forecast a major increase in global international flights bookings as international travel takes off.

According to travel and analytics company ForwardKeys, Q1 and Q2 figures for this year are showing triple-digit growth for inbound flight bookings around the world, compared to last year, including the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Further evidence of the resurgence in travel is shown in arrivals in Europe, with a massive 350 per cent 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 per cent. Host to the WTTC Global Summit, the Philippines is the fastest-growing single destination in South East Asia, up 29 per cent in Q2 this year compared to Q1.

The countries leading the ranking of top 20 best-performing destinations for the summer are Costa Rica, Aruba, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica, all of which rely heavily upon international travel.

The second quarter is set to see the continuing recovery with a significant rise in international bookings, which have soared by 264 per cent on the year before.

WTTC president and CEO Julia Simpson said the data was a firm signal of the strong recovery of the global travel and tourism sector.

“Travel to the Asia-Pacific region shows impressive signs of improvement as destinations gradually reopen their borders to visitors, in line with customer demand,” she said.