The global pandemic has wreaked destruction on the travel industry, with total international arrivals in the third quarter of the year down by 94% compared to the same period in 2019. As of 19th September, flight bookings globally for Q4 of 2020 were 83% behind where they were at the equivalent moment last year.
In 2019 there were 4.54 billion scheduled passengers worldwide. Analysts expected 2020 to set a new record of over 4.72 billion passengers, but instead, the coronavirus pandemic spread its tentacles across the globe, practically bringing international travel to a standstill.
Covid-19 and its influence on government decisions regarding its national borders, airports, and flights have dented the once strong international tourism sector. International arrival numbers are down by -94% worldwide with Asia seeing the dip at -97.4% – the hardest-hit region is clearly heavily reliant on air travel as the main source of tourism. However, the recent resurgence of the domestic market in Asia suddenly paints the future for hoteliers, tour operators, duty-free stores, and airlines with some promising colours.
When examining the top five most booked destinations in the Caribbean over summer, we noticed that the same countries also are faring best in terms of forward-bookings and flight searches too. The lucky five are the US Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica.