Europe’s Covid tourism recovery expected in 2024

Full recovery is expected in 2024, a year earlier than expected, following a strong summer

Nov 8, 2023

International tourist arrivals to Europe are now 3.5% below 2019 levels, and nights are down by 1.3% for the January-September period following high demand over the summer, according to new European Travel Commission (ETC) data.

Key takeaways

  • The recovery is being driven by resilient intra-European travel and the influx of US tourists benefitting from favourable exchange rates;
  • Europe’s recovery was mostly driven by southern European and Mediterranean destinations. Around 65% of destinations are still below pre-pandemic figures, with slower recovery particularly evident among eastern European countries;
  • Europeans are generally considering a wider range of destinations than in the pre-pandemic period, with Turkey, Montenegro, Albania and Croatia being the top performers for overnight stays relative to 2019 levels.

Get the full story at the European Travel Commission

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