Overseas flight bookings soared before omicron hit


As a result of omicron, Australians living in New South Wales and Victoria are now required to self-isolate for 72 hours upon returning home. But that deterred a few travelers who had booked on the first flights to Fiji in recent days, with Fiji Airways reporting only a few cancellations.

The timetables for a few international routes have also been pushed back, such as when Japan announced on November 29 that it was closed to foreign travelers for at least a month.

Australian medical experts say it takes longer to understand how the omicron variant will perform, but travel to highly vaccinated countries without widespread cases of omicron remains safe.

The most recent figures on the pace of the recovery in global tourism released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) show that tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) have increased by 58% (compared to 2020) for the period July-September, covering the entire period was important in the northern hemisphere.

“The data for the third quarter of 2021 are encouraging,” UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili said late last month. “However, arrivals are still 76% below pre-pandemic levels, and outcomes in different regions of the world remain uneven.

“We cannot let our guard down and must continue our efforts to ensure equal access to vaccines, coordinate travel procedures, use digital vaccination certificates to facilitate mobility and continue to support the sector. “

Families and tourists alike flew from Singapore to Sydney on November 21, creating a two-way travel bubble between the two countries. Edwina pickles

The increase in confidence to travel is due to advances in vaccinations and the easing of entry restrictions at many destinations. In Europe, the EU’s COVID-19 digital certificate has helped facilitate free movement within the bloc.

Tourism Australia boss Phillipa Harrison said that while residents going abroad mean less business for local operators, so too, more open international borders mean the return of inbound tourists.

“We now have tourist flights from Singapore, with other countries to follow,” Ms. Harrison said. “This is great news for tourism, and we look forward to welcoming them safely and opening up to more destinations as things stabilize. “

The numbers for home reservations are solid.

Based on data from ForwardKeys (also measured on actual plane tickets purchased from November 1-21).

Before the international border reopened, Australians made 61 million overnight domestic trips in the nine months to September 2021, down just 22% from the same period in 2019, according to the latest data from Tourism Research Australia.

Total overnight domestic spending for that period was $ 46.8 billion, up from $ 53.1 billion in 2019 (down just 12 percent).

Hotel occupancy rates in capital cities for 2021 were 45% on average compared to 77% in 2019, according to the most recent data from STR Hotel Performance.


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