Asia remains the first-choice global region for outbound travel, followed by Europe, with North America in third place – despite the region’s poor image for safety.
China, Russia, the UK, Germany, France, Sweden and the U.S. are likely to be the key origins for tourists to Phuket.
Visit Rovaniemi estimates that the lack of tourists from China in 2020 cost the local economy up to 50 to 70 million euros.
China Eastern Airlines will overtake China Southern Airlines to operate the most domestic flights, while planned flights by Spring Airlines will surge by 62.25% from 2019 levels.
The overall weekly flights will reach 117,212, a year-on-year increase of 7.1 percent, of which domestic routes will grow significantly.
China said its four COVID-19 vaccines can meet the combined demand of domestic inoculation, foreign aid and exports.
For companies seeking megatrends of the global travel recovery, the China market may provide some food for thought.
Around 32% of the global passenger jet fleet is still in storage, but for Chinese operators the figure is just over 8%, while for US airlines the figure is below 29%.
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