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After years of the COVID-19 pandemic throwing international travel into turmoil, Samoa’s beautiful shorelines have once again welcomed international travellers on the first direct flights from American Samoa, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand.

Following the easing of global COVID-19 restrictions, mentions in filings of ‘business travel’ per company across sectors rose 17 percent in 2021 and have risen a further four percent this year, suggesting that companies are looking at resuming business travel, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

The number of Russian tourists visiting Thailand is projected to significantly jump from 10,000 visits in 2021 to 435,000 this year, according to GlobalData. a leading data and analytics company.

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the tourism and travel industry accounts for around 10 percent of global GNP, seven percent of global exports and more than ten percent of jobs. The industry is large – and also has a noticeable impact on the environment. Globally, tourism accounts for around five percent of CO2 emissions.

In the luxury travel market there has been an influx of consumer travel trends as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a boom in private aviation services at the high end of the market, remote working from overseas locations and demand for private buyouts of large villas or boutique hotels, finds GlobalData.

Despite the uncertainty caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the desire across Europe for intra-European travel is undoubtedly strong.

Three in four Europeans intend to take a trip in the next six months, with Mediterranean destinations having the highest appeal. This is according to the latest research on Monitoring Sentiment for Domestic and Intra-European Travel – Wave 11 by the European Travel Commission (ETC), which provides insights on Europeans' short-term travel intentions and preferences during the COVID-19 pandemic1.

The research conducted by Bounce, analysed Google searches for flights, hotels and vacations over the past 12 months reveals each country’s favourite city break destination.

It’s time to reconnect. The eight Travel Trade Athens is bringing the tourism market back to Athens, inviting buyers and suppliers to Athens to meet in-person during the annual event taking place from May 09-10.

COVID-19 has accelerated the need for companies within the travel and tourism industry to rapidly invest in digital strategies including the global online travel market which is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of eight percent to reach USD765,3 billion between 2022 and 2025, according to GlobalData.