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Tourism trends post COVID-19

August 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected tourism industries and destinations severely. It leaves also its marks on tourism trends for some more years. In the context of an ongoing study for the European Commission, a survey on tourism trends collected insights from various players in the field of tourism (see more details (Opens in a new window)). 

A first analysis shows that COVD-19 restrictions and uncertainties dominate the current trends and will play a role for some more years in the tourism sector. Over the next years, they will be replaced by trends related to behavioural changes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prominent pre-pandemic tourism trends will come back again in the medium-term towards 2030. By then trends related to digitalisation and eco-friendly tourism are expected to dominate.

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