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Mon, 28 November 2022

Appetite for International Travel Now at Highest Point Since Start of Pandemic

(28/11/22)  The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has published the results of a new global consumer survey that shows appetite for international travel is currently at its highest point since the start of the global COVID19 pandemic.

According to the survey of more than 26,000 consumers from 25 countries, 63% are planning a leisure trip in the next 12 months.

The survey, conducted for WTTC by YouGov, also reveals that the appetite to travel shows no signs of slowing, with more than a quarter (27%) of consumers planning three or more trips over the same period.

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Jetski fun in Pattaya, Thailand. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

Travellers from Australia will be the worlds biggest spenders when it comes to international travel over the next 12 months, with jet setters from Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Philippines also expected to spend more than other travellers from around the globe.

According to the YouGov global tracker, the attractiveness and positive impression of Saudi Arabia as a destination continues to grow, with the highest scores across countries in the Gulf region, along with Indonesia, India, Malaysia and Thailand.

This global survey shows that international travel is back. As we kick off our Global Summit in Riyadh bringing together global travel leaders and governments from around the world, travellers are getting ready to explore the world again, said Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO. The results of this global survey also show the growing importance of sustainable travel amongst consumers.

Almost two thirds of those surveyed (61%) stated they prefer travel brands and destinations that are more sustainable, whilst almost half (45%) said they will only spend their hard-earned money with brands that are socially and environmentally responsible.

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