Despite the Covid-19 impact on tourism, Athens is the 4th city among 10 most booked European cities.
London, United Kingdom: 29 June 2020
According to joint research by ForwardKeys and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the Top 10 list of the most booked European cities during the first half of June is Lisbon, Paris, Amsterdam, Athens, Rome, Madrid, Frankfurt, Vienna, Barcelona and London.
Compared with 2019, London has fallen from first to tenth on the Top 10 list due to border restrictions and quarantine regulations imposed on the UK as a consequence of Covid-19.
Lisbon has reached the top of the list of most booked European cities during the first half of June, compared to being in the 9th place in 2019.
According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Portugal has been one of the first countries to establish enhanced hygiene and safety protocols to welcome tourists and has one of the top testing rates to control transmission.
The ForwardKeys research reveals that new tickets issued for future international travel to the European Union (EU) has dropped by 84.4% in the first half of June compared to the same period in 2019, recovering from a 94.5 overall decline in May.
New flight bookings for all international future departures from the EU fell by 80.2% in the first half of June 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, recovering from a 92.3% decline in May.
Bookings from London only recovered to an 89.8% year on year decline during the first half of June, compared to 94.0% decline in May.
The analysis by Forwardkeys shows the demand for flights to and from Europe has begun to recover as a result of travel restrictions relaxation.
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World Travel & Tourism Council. 29 June 2020
Greek Travel Pages. 29 June 2020
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