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After testing removal, inbound international flight bookings to the US see 93% surge
However, recovery still lags other international travel destinations and pre-pandemic levels
DALLAS (July 20, 2022) – New data released today by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and its partner ForwardKeys on international flight booking trends, reveals the long-awaited recovery of international traveler spending in the US is finally in progress.
According to the research, inbound travelers are returning in droves after the US government dropped the requirement to COVID test before entry.
But while ForwardKeys’ data shows bookings increased by 93% during the past six weeks compared to the same period last year, international spending in the US is still lagging other destinations and is not expected to reach pre-pandemic levels until 2025.
“The spike in inbound bookings validates the US government’s decision to ease travel restrictions by scrapping testing for visitors and returning US citizens – something other economies did long ago,” said Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO.
“The year-over-year improvement is promising, but there is still a way to go for travel to the US At the current rate of recovery, international visitor spending will not reach pre-pandemic levels until