Tourists are no longer afraid of the coronavirus. In the summer of 2022, more tourists will go to Europe, but there will be practically no Russians among them, because. our compatriots are now the most insecure about travel. Only 8% of them booked tours or bought air tickets. France and coastal destinations such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece have remained popular destinations in Europe for foreigners. The main means of transportation on the continent is the train. This conclusion was made on the basis of a study by the European Tourism Council (ETC).
According to the study, fears related to COVID-19 have, to some extent, been replaced by travelers choosing to travel to world-famous destinations and are ready to go to where famous sights are concentrated. Destinations that are coping effectively with the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be the most in-demand destinations in the summer of 2022, even as covid-related concerns become less of an issue for choosing a holiday destination. In other words, of the 2,054 respondents from around the world who intend to travel long-distance to Europe between May and August 2022, 31% chose the safety of their destination as the main reason for their trips. In the summer of 2021, this share was higher (34%).
Another direction selection criterion that marked the decline is the implementation of measures to combat COVID-19, declining from 44% in the summer of 2021 to 29% this year. Tourists are no longer paying much attention to the number of cases of coronavirus infection: only 19% of respondents expressed concern about this, compared with last summer, when 45% of respondents indicated the incidence of covid as an important factor in travel planning.
The data of the report showed that Russian travelers are not sure that they will be able to visit Europe in the near future: 92% of them have not yet booked flights, but want to travel to the EU, especially in July (16%). In addition, 8% of Russian respondents said they had booked a flight ticket to a particular European country, while 51% of respondents said they wanted to visit the coast and beach resorts, and 32% chose cities and metropolitan areas.
Compared to tourists from other countries, our compatriots have a completely different travel structure, as the majority choose different vacation spots. It is known that Turkey remains the most popular foreign destination (24%), followed by Italy (15%) and Cyprus (14%). Other countries in the list preferred by Russian travelers: Germany (12%), Greece (11%), Spain and Austria (10%), Bulgaria (9%), Finland and France (8%), as well as for the first time Serbia is mentioned in this report and Montenegro, where 7% of our fellow citizens plan to go.
As for the type of transport, unlike tourists from other countries, Russians prefer to travel by rented cars (21%), followed by full-service flights (18%) and low-cost airlines (17%).
Tourists from around the world
The interest of Chinese travelers to travel this summer has increased compared to the previous year. 26% of them have already booked their flights, and 39% have not yet chosen a destination. Unlike other tourists, the Chinese are more interested in cities and metropolitan areas (63%), followed by coastal and beach resorts (49%), and another 38% like to visit different places.
The top ten countries that Chinese want to visit, including France (55%), Italy (29%), Germany (28%), Austria (26%), Finland and Denmark (20%). While a record 73% of respondents opt for full-service flights during their EU travels, 38% opted for train tickets, 24% opted for single train tickets and 17% for bus tickets.
The study found that the majority of Brazilian respondents do not yet know when they will travel to the EU (35%), while 16% have booked their flight for June and another 15% for August. In addition, 49% of respondents chose the coast and beach resorts for their holidays, and 45% – mountains and national parks.
Brazilians have not changed their travel plans much; they remain loyal to Portugal as 43% of respondents said the country is their preferred destination this summer.
Other countries in the top ten list of Brazilians include Italy (37%), France (34%), Spain (26%) and the UK and Germany (17%). In terms of mode of transport, Brazilians opt for train tickets within the EU (31%) and rental cars (29%), while low-cost flights are the lowest (27%).
Unlike Brazilians, 45% of whom have already booked their flights, Canadians are more hesitant about the timing of their next trip to Europe, as 40% of them have confirmed it. Among those who have already booked flights, 4% plan to visit Europe in May, 9% – in June and July, and 7% will fly to the continent in August.
The most sought-after destinations are coasts and beach resorts (49%), followed by cities and metropolitan areas (31%), and mountains and national parks (27%). As in previous years, Canada's favorite holiday destination is France (32%), followed by Italy (27%), the UK (22%), Germany and Spain (16%). Compared to Brazilians, Canadians prefer low-cost flights to travel within the EU (28%), followed by full-service flights (24%), and only 22% choose train tickets.
The Japanese are still the most insecure about travel, with 74% of respondents saying so. Only 14% have booked trips and tickets, a relatively small number compared to the corresponding period in pre-Covid 2019.
Cities and metropolitan areas are the top places to visit for Japanese travelers (48%), followed by coastal and beach resorts and those who choose all types of places while traveling, with a 28% share for each type of travel.
Italy is the favorite holiday destination for the Japanese (23%), while France and Germany follow with 21% each. Holidaymakers from Japan also opt for low-cost and full-service flights for their European travels, while 26% opt for single train tickets.
41% of Americans have booked trips to Europe, with most of them going on a trip in June (15%), while only 7% in July and May. Another 9% will go to Europe in August. 3% of survey participants answered that they did not know where they would go. Like the Japanese, Americans like to visit cities and metropolitan areas the most, followed by coastal and beach resorts (39%). Unlike other travelers, American vacationers also prefer the countryside and rural areas (27%).
France was their top travel destination (34%), followed by Italy (28%) and Germany (24%). In addition, American travelers were torn between booking airline tickets and traveling by bus, with 39% opting for full-service flights, 24% for train tickets, and 22% for single-train tickets.
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