The latest research from ForwardKeys reveals that vaccinations appear to hold the key to reviving international travel.
Greece and Iceland, which were the first to announce welcoming vaccinated visitors this summer have seen inbound flight bookings pick up dramatically .
Three origin markets, Israel, the US and the UK, where vaccination campaigns are particularly well advanced, have seen outbound flight bookings climb more steeply than elsewhere.
Greece, whose economy is highly dependent on tourism, has led the way in announcing it will welcome visitors who have been vaccinated, passed a COVID-19 test or recovered from the disease. Flight bookings have consequently surged from the US and the UK.
Greece tops the list of most popular destinations for British travellers this summer. Confirmed tickets for travel between July and September are currently 12% ahead of their equivalent level in 2019.
The analysis of the most resilient destinations in Europe this summer reveals that seven of the top ten cities are Greek. Mykonos leads the list with summer bookings currently standing at 54.9% of what they were at the equivalent point, pre-pandemic.
It is followed by Spain’s Ibiza, where bookings are at 49.2%. The next eight destinations in order of resilience are Chania (GR) 48.9%, Thira (GR) 48.1%, Kerkyra (GR) 47.5%, Thessaloniki (GR) 43.7%, Palma de Mallorca (ES) 41.2%, Heraklion (GR) 36.6%, Athens (GR) 33.2% and Faro (PT) 32.8%.