ETC: Pre-pandemic level travel will not return until 2024
Attachment: ETC / European Tourism – Trends & Prospects Quarterly Report 3/2020 “The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is hitting Europe on the eve of the winter season, and it is now more important than ever for European countries to join forces to agree on common solutions, not only to curb the spread of the virus but also to support sustainable tourism recovery. passengers and most importantly protect millions of businesses, jobs and businesses that are at risk so they can survive the economic downturnSantander pointed out. Trend and opportunity to redefine the tourist product. To what extent Croatia understands this and is working on it, we will find out soon. The Covid-19 pandemic also affects destination choices in certain European countries. The summer season has shown a significant increase in those who want to travel to rural and coastal places, apparently as a result of concerns about visiting highly populated urban areas, where it is more difficult to practice social distancing. A new increase in Covid-19 cases and the reintroduction of travel restrictions have halted the recovery of European tourism with 68% of international tourist arrivals in Europe, according to data from the European Travel Commission (ETC) for the third quarter of 2020 in the analysis “European tourism: trends and prospects” Read the full report in the attachment. Speaking after the publication of the report, the CEO of ETC Eduardo Santander he said the direction of economic recovery across Europe will depend heavily on the recovery of the tourism sector, a sector that generates close to 10% of EU GDP and occupies over 22 million jobs. This change in travel preferences can ultimately alleviate the issue of over-tourism (overtorusim) and allow destinations to boost sustainable tourism demand. Increased interest in travel to “secondary destinations” will relieve some popular tourist hotspots that have previously struggled with excessive travel demand and help more evenly spread the economic benefits of tourism in countries. It is the latest forecasts that predict a faster recovery of domestic travel in Europe, exceeding the level from 2019 to 2022. It is also predicted that a faster return of European arrivals by 2023 will be supported by faster easing of travel restrictions and lower perceived risk compared to long-distance travel. It is now predicted that the total volume of travel will increase return to pre-pandemic levels only by 2024. The importance of domestic and intra-European travel should not be underestimated in terms of the role it will play in the recovery of the tourism sector over the coming months, the ETC report emphasizes. Alleviating pandemic restrictions across Europe led to a slight increase in July and August 2020 compared to previous months, signaling people’s enthusiasm and desire to travel again. However, the recent re-imposition of locks and travel restrictions has quickly halted any chance of an early recovery. Looking ahead in the coming months, increased uncertainty and negative risks continue to diminish the outlook for European arrivals, which will decline by 2020% in 61.