In the first three months of 2022, deafening tourism data was recorded around the world: experts counted 117 million tourist arrivals. This is 2.8 times more than in the same period a year earlier, while the figures showed an increase of 182%. Such data in its report was published by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), based in Madrid. According to a recent report, European countries have taken the lead with almost four times as many foreign tourists.
However, despite a notable increase in international arrivals, these figures are still 43% below the pre-Covid 2019. The UNWTO World Tourism Barometer showed that between January and March 2022, international tourism grew by a total of 182% year on year, while destinations in countries around the world received an estimated 117 million foreign tourists compared to 41 million registered in the first quarter of 2021.
“Of an additional 76 million international arrivals in the first three months, about 47 million were recorded in March, indicating that the recovery is gaining momentum,” the message said .
According to the data provided by the agency, the growth was especially noticeable in Europe: there was a significant improvement in the tourism sectors compared to other territories. “Tourism continues to recover at a strong pace. Globally, almost three times as many foreign tourists arrived in destination countries in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, with Europe leading the sector,” the report also said.
Regarding non-European territories, the report showed the following:
- The Americas saw a significant increase in arrivals in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year, with arrivals more than doubling to 117%. However, these figures were still below pre-pandemic levels, or 46% lower.
- The Middle East and Africa also saw significant improvements, +132% and +96% respectively.< /li>
- The Asia-Pacific region registered a total 64% increase last year, but still levels were 93% below pre-COVID 2019 levels after several countries imposed travel bans and other preventive measures to curb further spread COVID-19, including a temporary ban on tourism.
The report also noted that while tourism remains at a level that is 61% “underperforming” pre-pandemic year, a gradual recovery will continue throughout this year as more countries ease travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus and its new strains.
During the 67th meeting of the European Commission, it was noted that out of a total of 47 countries around the world that have lifted all covid restrictions imposed to stop the further spread of infection, 31 of them are in Europe.
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