After a false start in 2021, 2022 is expected to be the year that travel finally begins to recover from the pandemic, following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, including testing, in March. Both inbound and outbound flows are set to more than double in 2022, but they will still remain well down on the pre-pandemic levels.
After two years in the shadow of travel restrictions following the COVID-19 pandemic, 2022 will mark the beginning of recovery for airlines, with value sales expected to more than double; however, sales will still remain well below the pre-pandemic level. Unlike during 2020 and 2021, scheduled airlines and international airlines will outperform their low-cost and domestic counterparts.
During 2020 and 2021 lodging in the UK was cushioned by a boom in domestic travel, as British travellers had little choice but to rediscover their island home. Hotels located in rural, especially seaside destinations benefited the most, as both domestic and inbound travellers avoided the big cities.
The key story in booking in 2022 has been the return to traditional offline booking. This trend could be seen as a response to the lingering uncertainties continuing to surround travel, as a growing number of consumers value the safety of booking via a travel professional.
One thing is certain about the British travel industry – the desire to travel will remain strong throughout the forecast period. There is much pent-up demand for travel from during the lockdowns, during which many consumers built up involuntary savings with which to fund future travel.
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