Travel & Tourist Trends 2022
According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the situation for tourism remains rather unusual as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 was the year in which international tourism came to a near-complete standstill, and the only alternatives were domestic and local tourism. 2021 saw some improvements, but only in a very subtle way as restrictions were still in place and many countries kept their borders fully or partially closed. It is difficult to make an estimate for 2022 as it is not known how the pandemic will evolve.
However, UNWTO lists these the tourism trends that are likely to emerge over the coming year:
- International travel with restrictions still maintained by both destinations and airlines in order to offer 100% security to the consumer.
- Reinforcement of COVID-19 testing; two years after the pandemic, COVID testing will still be in place as a preventive measure.
- Conscious travel will be advocated. Travel to more distant destinations, but with prolonged durations of stay, as consumers look to enjoy as much of each place they visit as possible.
- Green travel. Climate change is a problem that is present and growing. Consumers now are much more responsible and aware of the reality they live in on daily basis.
- A new trend is the “ed-ventures”. It is about combining education and holidays for the youngest members of the family. While adults may need to telework or attend meetings, their children can be doing workshops and learning in a playful way.
We are sure that Belize is on the bucket list for many travelers and we look forward to welcoming them.