The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) released new data showing that the recovery of international travel to the United States is happening now, just more slowly than the independent recoveries of many other countries.
In a partnership with ForwardKeys on international flight booking, WTTC saw a large share of international travelers arrive in the United States after the government removed the requirement for pre-arrival COVID-19 testing.
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While international spending isn’t expected to reach pre-pandemic levels until 2025, far behind other countries’ projected recoveries from 2023 onwards, ForwardKeys flight data acknowledges that bookings to the US rose. 93 percent during the last six weeks compared to 2021.
Leading the growth in international travel are iconic American cities such as New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami and Orlando. Most travelers are from Canada, Germany, France and Brazil, although travelers from Chile and Japan have also been on the rise.
For United States travelers, international travel remains a popular travel type this year, with outbound flight bookings coming in just 5 percent below 2019 levels. Top destinations include Canada, Mexico, the Republic of Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Italy and the Philippines.
“This finding echoes our previous study showing that the US lags behind other countries in international visitors, resulting in a slower-than-expected recovery in international tourism receipts,” said Julia Simpson. , President and CEO of WTTC. “The good news is that the travel and tourism sector is resilient and sensible border crossing policies and reduced restrictions are helping fuel the sector’s recovery. But more international travel is key to ensuring the pace and scale of full recovery.”
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