More than half (56%) of Europeans intend to travel this summer with the vast majority choosing to stay within the continent
As Europe works to accelerate vaccination programmes over the coming months and control the spread of COVID-19, the expected easing of restrictions provides some hope for travel in summer 2021. Published today, the European Travel Commission’s (ETC) quarterly report ‘European Tourism Trends & Prospects’ outlines that despite vaccine hurdles in recent months, the inoculation programmes are vital in enabling the restart of travel. This cause for optimism is backed-up by the significant amount of pent-up demand which has accumulated following months of travel restrictions, with ETC’s data showing that 56% of Europeans are willing to travel by the end of August.
Where Europeans plan to travel this summer
- Spain: 10.4%
- Italy: 9%
- France: 7%
- Greece: 6.2%
- Germany: 5.2%
Source: European Travel Commission
Nearly half (49%) of survey respondents are planning trips to another European country, while 36% intend to stay within their own borders. Of those most likely to travel, 29% are making plans between May and June, while 46% are waiting for July and August, according to the research published in April.
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