As Asia reopens, India becomes key international inbound destination

Flight bookings suggest a hot summer ahead for key destinations across APAC, Europe, and the Americas.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and its knowledge partner ForwardKeys, forecast a major increase in global international flights bookings as international travel takes off. The booking bounce-back was revealed at WTTC’s prestigious 21st Global Summit.

News of the strong recovery highlights a promising prospect ahead for summer holiday travel, with sun and sea destinations, such as the Caribbean and Latin America, leading the international inbound bookings.

In 2019, foreign tourist arrivals to rajasthan accounted for over 1. 6 million.
In 2019, foreign tourist arrivals to Rajasthan accounted for over 1.6 million.

Q2 shows further acceleration of the continuing recovery with a significant rise in international bookings, which have soared by 264% on the year before. This acceleration is particularly notable in Asia where travel restrictions are being removed.

With key destinations like Goa, Kashmir and Rajasthan, India is also emerging as a popular destination. Travelling to India, primarily to visit family and friends, is a noticeable trend.

Asia-Pacific countries also saw an increase in arrivals for Q1 of this year compared to 2021, with bookings for the region up 275%.

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said that WTTC 2022 booking data from ForwardKeys is a firm signal of the strong recovery of the global Travel & Tourism sector.

“Travel to the Asia-Pacific region shows impressive signs of improvement as destinations gradually reopen their borders to visitors, in line with customer demand,” she says.

Olivier Ponti, ForwardKeys Vice President Insights, says, “It is very encouraging that Asia has finally begun reopening, which is driving the return of both travel to Asia and within the region, both of which are clearly going to be instrumental in driving the global economic recovery.”

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