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Full reopening of Europe: transatlantic travel set to resume

As widespread adherence to vaccination has helped reduce the threat of Omicron, many destinations are easing travel restrictions, which points to a more positive outlook for 2022.

It is with these words that the European Tourism Commission (CET) announces it to us. She continues:

With consumers ready to spend their savings accumulated throughout the pandemic, their growing willingness to travel continues to drive the travel recovery for 2022. The most recent edition of the European Tourism Trends & Outlook quarterly report from ETC, is observing the impact of COVID-19 on the sector, and it continues to do so. And right now, she’s looking at how travel business is carving out a niche and picking up as the world learns to live with the virus.


Canada has now significantly relaxed its entry requirements and the EU recommends European countries that vaccinated travelers be allowed to travel. Driven by strong demand for domestic and intra-European travel, overall travel demand is expected to be 30% lower in 2022 than pre-pandemic levels.

While domestic travel is expected to return fully, in 2022, to pre-pandemic levels, the recovery of international travel will be slower, ETC believes; they are unlikely to surpass 2019 levels until 2025. Average annual growth in travel from Canada to Europe is expected to be 36% over the five-year period 2020-2025, with the fastest growth in Europe South (42.8%).

Resources available

As more and more travelers travel back to Europe, the European Tourism Commission (ETC) reminds travel advisors that resources are available to help them. To find out about the entry conditions for each country, advisers are invited to consult the most recent information available on the website.

For Advisors

Advisors can also contact the National Tourist Board of the respective country. To reconnect with the inspirations of the destinations, advisers can visit the site.

“Thanks to the easing of restrictions in many European destinations, we are delighted to welcome back avid Canadian travellers,” said Pascal Prinz, President of the Canadian Chapter of the ETC. “Flight bookings to Europe are showing strong growth and all major carriers are rescheduling transatlantic flights, thereby offering Canadians great deals and direct flights to experience Europe. »

Key Factor: Thefts

According to ETC’s latest Long-Haul Travel Barometer, ETC Long-Haul Travel Barometer, good air connections between Canada and Europe are a key factor in positive sentiment Europe. Additionally, younger generations are the most likely to travel to a long-haul destination in 2022 – 57% of 18-34 year olds, 46% of 35-49 year olds and 32% of 50+ year olds. It also shows that Canadians want multinational itineraries that cover several European destinations.

In addition, the variety of cycle paths in a given region, as well as train and car journeys, also help to boost the favorable feeling towards visits to Europe. More than half (54%) of Canadian respondents expressed interest in visiting European metropolitan areas, and France, Italy, UK, Germany and Switzerland top their wish list destinations. At the same time, coastal and mountainous regions seem to be in similar demand among Canadians (in the order of 27%, in both cases).

Covid Concerns: Top Deterrent to Canadians

Among Canadians, concerns about COVID-19 (48%) are the top deterrent to international travel. Travel costs (12%) and destination restrictions (8%) are the concerns that also show a slightly higher rate than the combined average in the long-haul markets.

Knowing that the country is effectively managing the pandemic (30%), flexible cancellation policies (28%), lifting travel restrictions completely (27%), getting vaccinated against Covid-19 (25%) and Appropriate health protocols that ensure the safety of residents and travelers (23%) are the factors ranked as most important to increasing the confidence of Canadian travelers.

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