July 20. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) released new data further proving the recovery of international travel to the United States is happening now, just slower than many other countries’ independent recoveries.
In a partnership with ForwardKeys on international flight booking, the WTTC saw a large portion of international travelers arriving in the United States after the government dropped the pre-arrival COVID-19 test requirement.
While international spending isn’t expected to reach pre-pandemic levels until 2025, far behind other countries’ predicted recoveries as early as 2023, ForwardKeys’ flight data does recognize bookings to the U.S. jumped 93 percent during the past six weeks compared with 2021.
For travelers from the United States, international travel remains a popular type of travel this year, with outbound flight bookings reaching just 5 percent under 2019’s levels. Top destinations include Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, the United Kingdom, Italy and the Philippines.
Source: Travel Pulse