Travel preference for Eastern European destinations remains similar to a year ago despite war in Ukraine

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Despite the ongoing war in Ukraine, data showed that travel preference for Eastern European destinations remains the same as in 2021.

The latest report published by the European Travel Commission (ETC) reveals that as the summer season approaches, Europeans’ interest in Mediterranean destinations is peaking.

Around 77% of Europeans have already planned to travel between April and September 2022. More than half of them, 56%, plan to visit another European country and 31% choose a domestic trip, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

This means that although there were some uncertainties regarding the resumption of travel and tourism in the EU, the current situation in Ukraine has not affected travelers’ desire to visit another country.

“New uncertainties on the horizon, namely the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the rising cost of living, present challenges for the travel industry. However, ETC is pleased to see that despite these uncertainties, the appetite for travel is still on the rise and that the European tourism sector remains resilient,” he added. said ETC President Luís Araújo.

It was explained that in the analyzed markets, respondents from five countries – Italy, Spain, Poland, UK and Germany – are most optimistic about going on a trip this summer. As for travel intentions, it was revealed that they increase with age, rising from 69% among 18-24 year olds to 83% among those over 54 years old.

Apart from the ETC emissions mentioned above, the three favorite countries for Europeans’ next international trip are Spain, Italy and France. These destinations are followed by Greece, Portugal, Croatia, Germany, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Furthermore, the results confirm that EU citizens’ travel plans follow a seasonal pattern. Twenty-two percent of respondents prefer sun and beach vacations. 15% prefer city breaks and 15% prefer holidays by the water or the coast.

As for COVID-19 concerns, ETC showed that they have started to diminish as the majority of European countries have already eased or dropped their entry restrictions. Only 17% of respondents said they worried about quarantine measures when traveling to another country during the summer holidays, and a further 15% worried about possible changes in travel restrictions.

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