According to travel data analysis specialist ForwardKeys, a CEAV partner, several international destinations saw a higher number of bookings than in 2019.
The Spanish outbound market for the summer is only 25% below 2019 levels, but some destinations, such as Egypt, are seeing significantly higher booking volumes than before the pandemic. That’s according to ForwardKeys, a travel data analytics provider and collaborative partner of CEAV, the Spanish Confederation of Travel Agencies.
While domestic tourism is rebounding at a significant pace, travel agencies, which rely on outbound tourism, MICE and business travel, are recovering somewhat more slowly. However, data provided by ForwardKeys points to a promising summer for travel agencies.
As countries continue to lift restrictions, Spaniards are encouraged to travel abroad. The destinations thus showing the strongest growth in July and August compared to 2019 levels are Egypt (+81%), the United Arab Emirates (+39%), Sweden (+36%), Tanzania (+ 28%), Greece (+23%), the Dominican Republic (+21%), Qatar (+21%), France (+20%), the Maldives (+10%), Argentina and Norway (+6% each).
Carlos Garrido, President of CEAV, said: “Given that a large proportion of these types of trips are booked through travel agencies, these figures give us reason to be optimistic and to believe that we can to have a positive season this year after two years with very few sales.In the post-Covid era, people tend to book their trips at the last minute, so the numbers may still increase.
Juan A Gómez, Head of Market Intelligence, ForwardKeys, explains that although bookings for total outbound travel remain low compared to 2019 levels – and well below the impressive numbers reflecting travel to Spain since the international market – the number of Spanish visitors to certain international destinations is expected to grow significantly compared to the summer of 2019. “Travel agencies will have a crucial role to play in transmitting confidence to the Spanish tourist in this summer of recovery trips,” he says.