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Flight booking data shows vaccinations are key to rebooting travel globally

Greece, ready to welcome vaccinated travellers. PHOTO: Flickr/Pedro Szekely

The latest findings from a research firm that analyses flight booking data confirms that vaccination is the key to rebooting international travel. The most recent research from ForwardKeys shows that destinations prepared to welcome vaccinated tourists have seen a surge in bookings.

In particular, Greece and Iceland, have had a significant uptake in inbound flights, while countries where mass vaccination is at an advanced stage, such as Israel, the US and the UK, have seen outbound bookings climb. They key point is that the world’s travel and flight industries are looking to insist on proof of vaccination or vaccine passports for the right to get on an international flight or travel beyond their borders.

Like Thailand, Greece is highly dependent on international tourism. Anxious to revive its decimated economy, the country has announced that tourists who are fully vaccinated, who have a negative Covid-19 test result, or who have recovered from the virus, are welcome to visit. The result is that the country is now the most popular destination among those summer booking holidays from the UK. According to TTR Weekly, confirmed flight bookings between July and September are 12% above what they were at the same time in 2019.

A similar trend can be seen in bookings from the US to Iceland. In March, the Icelandic government confirmed that vaccinated arrivals would face no entry restrictions, which led to a surge in bookings. Flight ticket sales shot up to 158% what they were at the same time in 2019.

Olivier Ponti from ForwardKeys says there is a clear correlation between high vaccination rates and outbound travel. In Israel, which has now vaccinated over 60% of the population, bookings for European trips have reached 63% of what they were in 2019, while in the UK, where over 52% of people are vaccinated, bookings are at 32% of 2019 numbers.

“Vaccinations appear to hold the key to reviving international travel, as countries that make clear promises to welcome vaccinated travellers are being rewarded by strong surges in flight bookings. We see a revival of confidence in outbound travel from countries where there has been a successful rollout of Covid-19 vaccines too.”


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  1. Wrong! Re-opening airports, removing travel restrictions and quarantines as a penalty for NOT taking the vaccine are all key-factors to re-booting global travel.

    It has become so abundantly clear, everything is about promoting their endless “offerings” of vaccines, that will no doubt follow the endless new types of “strains” of this disease, which less than 1 person shows symptoms from, and less than 0.05% dies directly from.

  2. Is anyone in authority in Thailand taking notice?
    These countries are allowing vaccinated tourists to enter. Bookings are UP!
    Thailand wants to maintain the money making testing, and quarantine, so a few can make money. Meanwhile the thousands who need tourists will not see them, and revert to fishing,, farming and picking up cans.
    Thailand is like a Blackpool landlady. “Wipe your feet. Keep the toilet clean. No loud talking. Check in is not before at 5 p.m. The front door is locked at 10 p.m. Lights out at 10:30 p.m.”
    The Blackpool landlady of the 50s anyway.

  3. Exactly @Toby. And look what’s happened to the tourism market in Blackpool. This is a ridiculous article anyway. Obviously people are going to choose destinations where vaccinated people can have a normal holiday experience. There are more hurdles getting in to Thailand than at Aintree. I fail to follow even their own Thai logic. They are currently “rushing” to vaccinate resident s in Klong Toey. Ok, but why? Because vaccines work? Well if they work, why are you killing 10-15% of your economy by not allowing vaccinated tourists in to the country? If you don’t believe they work then why bother vaccinating local residents ??????

  4. Another article demonstrating the jaw-dropping stupidity of “experts”

    “We banned all normal human activities until people get vaccinated. People got vaccinated and were allowed to resume normal human activities. This proves that vaccines work. Human rights violations work! Communism works! Everyone who critiques this narrative is an anti-vaxxer. Yay science! “

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