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Economy: The European Travel Commission report revealed tourists visited Brazil

Posted by TRAVEL TOP COUNTRY MAG MEDIA on October 5 2022, 11:11am

Categories: #tourism, #European, #Travel

Economy: The European Travel Commission report revealed tourists visited Brazil

The European Travel Commission (ETC) and Eurail BV published the latest Long-Haul Travel Barometer (LHTB) 3/2022, revealed that the desire to travel overseas in the last months of 2022 indicated a positive trend to go to Brazil (150p), Canada (136p) and the US (126p) Less to visit Europe that has stay stable in the key markets,.

The successive crises have resulted in a high cost of living to have a crippling impact on household budgets globally this winter, personal finances have become the main reason behind respondents’ (24%) decision not to travel long-haul. Brazilians (55%), Canadians (31%) and Americans (30%) are most sensitive about money matters. Furthermore, Covid-19 related concerns are still off-putting to many, with 19% of respondents stating it as a reason not to travel overseas, particularly those in Asia.

The report studied each quarter and shared in seven oversea markets: Australie, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Russia and the US  The intention to travel is measured by an index that reflects the dominant sentiment expressed by a market[1], either positive or negative. Values above 100 index points indicate a positive evolution, whereas values below 100 indicate negative attitudes towards travel in a given period.

It is positive to see a continued improvement in long-haul travel sentiment. Nonetheless, this latest Long-Haul Travel Barometer reflects the negative impacts that the increased cost-of-living is having on people’s ability to travel internationally. It is likely that personal finances will significantly alter people’s travel choices in the coming months – this is a situation which ETC and its members are committed to monitoring closely and addressing.

Luís Araújo, ETC’s President, commented the publication of the LHTB

Financial concerns weaken travel sentiment in the US  

Travel sentiment to Europe remains weak among Americans (94p), with 41% of US respondents stating that they will feel more confident travelling to European destinations when their economic situation improves.

Of those Americans who are planning a trip to Europe, over half (56%) want to visit multiple countries, with France, Italy, the UK and Germany at the top of their bucket list. When choosing a destination, priorities for American tourists include high-quality tourism infrastructure [2] (35%), security (33%) and prices (31%). Americans also consider a destination’s crowdedness as an important criterion (23%), more than respondents in other markets (16% in the total sample).

Canadians and Brazilians ready to return to Europe

In Canada, the resumption of flight connections and the gradual lifting of travel restrictions have resulted in a positive sentiment (104p) to visit Europe and may signal the beginning of a rebound in international travel. Almost 60% of Canadians wanting to come to Europe desire multiple-country trips. At the top of their destination wish list are France, Italy and the UK. Exploring Europe’s cultural and historical heritage is the leading motivation for Canadians over the autumn and early winter.

Similarly, travel sentiment is positive among Brazilians (103p), with over half (55%) of respondents eager to visit European destinations in the next months. It is expected that interest in the region will continue to grow, in part because of improved air connectivity between Brazil and European cities. Portugal (41%) tops the list as the preferred destination for Brazilian travellers.

Covid-19 still deterring Chinese and Japanese from overseas travel

Despite the zero-Covid strategy, Chinese travel sentiment to Europe has turned positive (103p), with 64% of respondents hoping to visit a European destination in the coming months. Nonetheless, Covid-19 concerns remain the main barrier, with 39% of Chinese stating it as a reason not to travel in September-December 2022. Over a quarter of Chinese respondents (29%) feel it is still too complicated to travel overseas due to Covid-19.

Japan is a more risk-averse market as the sentiment level for travel overseas has remained negative since the start of the pandemic. Of all surveyed Japanese, only 22% consider taking a long-haul trip in the coming months, out of which, 13% have Europe in mind.

Australians express an above-average caution for costs

Nearly 60% of surveyed Australians plan an overseas trip by the end of 2022, with 38% considering a European destination. Regardless of age, those willing to visit Europe are eager to discover historical sites and monuments, wander around European cities, enjoy urban design and nightlife and participate in culinary experiences.

When choosing a holiday destination, the perceived safety and the quality of tourism infrastructure are of utmost importance for Australians. Compared to other markets, they pay more attention to the costs of services and products at the destinations (32% vs 27% in the total sample).

Number of Russians planning trips to Europe declines

Compared to summer, travel sentiment in Russia improves for both long-haul (136p) and European (87p) destinations. However, the sentiment remains below the levels registered over autumn in the past years, reflecting the geopolitical situation and current obstacles for Russians to travel outside their country. Among the surveyed respondents, less than a quarter (24%) plan to travel to Europe in September-December 2022 (vs 36% in 2021). Turkey, which kept air connectivity and its borders open to Russian citizens, is the most popular destination among potential travellers in this market (22%).

Source : European Travel Commission

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