The crisis caused by the covid-19 pandemic has been a wake-up call within the travel industry. Travelers are beginning to understand how their actions and choices impact those around them. Covid-19 has been a foretaste of what is to come, and there is still a global reverberation.
According to the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), in two years time the number of visitors to the region will still be lower than those seen in 2019.
This is the forecast report released by (PATA), which shows the growth prospects for international visitors across the 39 Asia Pacific destinations between 2021-2023. It covers the mild, medium, and severe scenarios. The forecast shows that the year 2021, in particular, is expected to be another difficult year for America.
“While growth in international visitor arrivals into and across Asia Pacific remains difficult in 2021, there are promising signs for 2022 and 2023″.Mario Hardy, PATA chief executive
An annual decline in future foreign arrival numbers is expected to continue downwards, with annual losses ranging from 3.59 million to almost 23.76 million, depending on conditions at that time.
From 2022 onward, however, a slight annual increase has now been forecast to improve in volume under each of the three scenarios.
The Pacific region is expected to be in a similar position as America’s in 2021, with visitors dropping from the 5 million received in 2020.
A return to near pre-Covid-19 levels of arrival appears to be feasible in 2023, only if conditions are better and we can move on quickly and permanently. 2022 and 2023 do show some return to annual growth under each of the scenarios.