Tourism could rebound to pre-pandemic levels in 2022 if travel restrictions continue to ease

The global travel and tourism sector’s contribution to the global economy could reach US$8.6 trillion this year, just 6.4 per cent behind pre-pandemic levels, according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

Research by the global tourism body shows that if the vaccine and booster rollout continue at pace this year, and restrictions to international travel are eased around the world throughout the year – the sector could create 58 million jobs in 2022, to reach more than 330 million, just 1 per cent below pre-pandemic levels and up 21.5 per cent on 2020.

“2022 is poised for a strong recovery if governments continue to open up and remove restrictions to travel,” said Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO.

“As people start travelling again, governments must implement simplified rules, including the use of digital solutions. Travel of the future should be contactless while guaranteeing safety.”

The global tourism body also urges governments to ditch the patchwork of restrictions and enable international travel using digital solutions that allow travellers to prove their status in a fast, simple and secure way.