Mass vaccination and easing entry requirements have encouraged Europeans to book more short trips in the summer of 2021.
According to the results of the European Travel Council (ETC) survey, Mediterranean destinations such as Italy, Spain and Greece are the top destinations on European travel lists, with 53% of the 4,003 respondents responded for ETC, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
In addition, the survey finds that outdoor venues and leisure tourism are the most requested type of tourism for this period, with 38% of ‘early bird’ stating that they plan to travel to sunbathe and enjoy the sun. the beach.
In other words, the main destinations in Europe for short-term travel, ideal for the sun, the beach and the moments of relaxation, are:
The country has been applauded for its tourism recovery after welcoming more than six million tourists this summer. According to the Greek Minister of Tourism, Haris Theocaris, Greece is a destination of choice even for the French, with 450,000 arrivals, who are also known to spend their holidays in their country. Greece also reached 12 billion euros in tourism revenue this year.
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Around 8.1% of those polled are planning or have visited Spain this summer, a drop of 29% from the last survey. However, official data from the Spanish authorities shows that the country only welcomed around five million international passengers in August, marking a 172% increase from the same period last year.
In general, the tourism sector in Spain saw an increase of 78% in July 2021 compared to the previous year, accounting for 4.4 million arrivals.
According to the Spanish Statistical Institute (INE), the number of French travelers accounted for 19.9% of all arrivals, followed by Germans (64.5%), with 707,331 of them visiting the country until in July and British travelers that recorded a 46.5 percent. hundred more than last year.
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About 8.9% of all ETC survey respondents said they plan to visit Italy during this period. That figure represents 356 people, but according to the Data Appeal Company, Italy saw a 567% increase in flight bookings and 1091% in hotel bookings from April to July.
The majority of tourists to Italy came from Western Europe, such as Germany, France, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Spain and England.
“These results, although positive, remain far from the 2019 figures. By comparing flight bookings to Italy in August 2021 compared to August 2019, we detected a decrease of -46%”, explains the data provider.
However, domestic tourism in Italy has increased significantly this summer, with 23 million Italians choosing their home country as their vacation destination.
Although only eight percent of respondents to the ETC survey said France was their top destination, the country remains the most visited country in the world.
According to Condor Ferries, France welcomed around 89.4 million visitors in 2018, with Euro Disney, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre being the most popular attractions in France. In addition, the country welcomed 35 million tourists in 2020. The target for this year was 50 million travelers, as vaccination deployments were implemented and the country relaxed its highlighted entry restriction. due to the coronavirus.
Travelers from all over the world visit France every year. Still, the main nationalities visiting the country are Belgians, Germans, Dutch, British and Americans, with the latter two showing declining interest due to strict entry restrictions.
According to the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ), 2.6 million arrivals and over 11.7 million overnight stays were recorded in Croatia, registering an increase of 53% compared to last year . In addition, the interest of UK travelers rose 8%, registering 87,000 overnight stays in the first seven months of 2020.
In June, Croatia hosted around 290,000 visitors in a single weekend, marking a 40% increase in the number of tourists from 2020 figures.