The WTTC/ForwardKeys forecast massive increase in global international inbound travel

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), in partnership with ForwardKeys, forecast a major increase in global international flights bookings as international travel takes off.

They predict a promising prospect ahead for summer holiday travel, with destinations such as the Caribbean and Latin America leading the international inbound bookings, with seven out of the top 10 travel destinations.

According to ForwardKeys, Costa Rica, Aruba, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica, are leading the ranking of the top 20 best performing destinations for the summer. All of these destinations, which rely heavily upon international travel, have recorded bookings that surpass pre-pandemic levels.

India and Pakistan are also highly popular, thanks to travel mainly for visits to family and friends.

In Europe, destinations such as Iceland, Greece, Portugal, Spain and France are showing a strong resurgence with travel bookings just slightly behind pre-pandemic levels.

Africa and the Middle East also feature in the top 20 list with Tanzania, Qatar and Egypt reaching close to pre-pandemic levels of travel.

According to the ForwardKeys data, Q1 and Q2 figures for this year are showing triple-digit growth for inbound flight bookings around the world compared to last year, including the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Travelers are also spending more on travel following the loosening of restrictions, with heightened demand for premium cabin classes in 2022. Stronger last minute bookings are also trending.

Arrivals in Europe are showing “a massive 350% surge” in international arrivals for Q1 in 2022 compared to last year.

The continued recovery of the Travel & Tourism sector in the Asia-Pacific region looks set to accelerate as destinations gradually reopen throughout 2022.