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Europe Benefiting From Long-Haul Travel

Europe Benefiting From Long-Haul TravelEurope Benefiting From Long-Haul Travel

The latest results from the Air Travelers’ Traffic Barometer produced by European Cities Marketing and ForwardKeys highlight the persistence of recovery for international arrivals in Europe in the first quarter of 2017, marked by the return of positive performance by all subcontinents and good progress by long-haul travelers.

Total international arrivals in Europe grew by 3.5%. This is especially due to the healthy North American market increasing its number of passengers by 6.7% when comparing the same period in 2016. The US market is taking advantage of a strong dollar, Travel Daily News reported.

Asia and Oceania increased their number of passengers, pushed by Chinese, Japanese and Indian markets. Central and South America showed a considerable improvement, thanks to Brazil, Argentina and Colombia markets that represent almost 70% of the region.

Intra-European flows, which account for 60% of the total arrivals in Europe, remained at the same level as the previous year. 

Every European city in the top 10 destinations for long-haul travelers in volume, except Istanbul, is expected to rise with double digit growth in the second quarter of the year, as a result of the shift in Easter holidays and the troublesome Q2 2016 where terrorism dramatically affected the most important destinations in Europe. 

German destinations fell in the ranking, with Munich disappearing from the top 10 in favor of Lisbon.


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