According to a recent World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) report, European countries hosted nearly four times as many international travelers, or +280%, in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2021.
However, despite a notable increase in international arrivals, the numbers are still 43% lower than in 2019, according to SchengenVisaInfo.com.
The UNWTO World Tourism Barometer showed that international tourism increased by a total of 182 per 100 people year-on-year between January and March 2022, while destinations in countries around the world received about 117 million international arrivals 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 registered in March, indicating that the recovery is gaining momentum.” the report says.
According to the data provided by the Organization, European countries noted a marked improvement in the tourism sector compared to other territories.
“Tourism continues to recover at a rapid pace. Globally, international flights almost tripled in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, with Europe leading the sector.” UNWTO is highlighted in the statement.
In terms of non-European territories, the report shows that America saw a significant increase in arrivals in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. However, the numbers are still below pre-pandemic levels, or 46% lower.
According to the UNWTO barometer, the Middle East and Africa also saw significant improvements of +132% and +96% respectively. At the same time, the Asia-Pacific region registered a total increase of 64 percent last year, but still levels were 93 percent lower than in 2019 after several countries imposed travel bans and other preventive measures to contain further spread of COVID-19. , including a temporary ban on non-essential travel.
The report shows that while tourism remains 61% below pre-pandemic levels, a gradual recovery will continue throughout this year as more countries ease travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus and its new variants.
During the 67th meeting of the UNWTO European Commission, it was noted that of the 47 countries that have lifted all restrictions imposed to stop the further spread of the virus, 31 of them are in Europe.