With more and more travellers returning to Europe, the European Travel Commission (ETC) is reminding advisors of the available resources on hand to help them keep up with, and navigate through, the ongoing changes.
The European Travel Commission (ETC) reports that transatlantic travel continues to gain momentum, thanks largely to pent-up demand, while travel from Australasia is bouncing back with the ease of restrictions and gradual increase in flight capacity.
2019 saw 5.7 million tourist arrivals in Europe from the Australian market. The outlook for this market remains positive with Australian tourist arrivals to Europe expected to reach 40% pre-pandemic levels in 2022 and a full rebound by 2024-25.
With recovery well on its way, ETC is reminding travellers that vaccinated individuals are now free to visit many European countries without quarantine or COVID-19 tests.
As such, travel advisors are encouraged to reinforce this message to their clients, along with the updated advice that pre-departure tests are no longer required for returning travellers as of 18 April.
“With the ease of restrictions across many countries, we are no doubt eager and excited to once again welcome back our avid Australian travellers to explore and experience everything that is on offer across Europe,” said Sofia Hansson, Chair of ETC’s Australia Chapter.
To better position and equip advisors in arranging and selling European destinations, members of the European Travel Commission have started rolling out reskilling and upskilling programs to keep the industry updated and informed of the products, activities and experiences on offer in member countries.
Advisors are also encouraged to contact their local NTO representatives to obtain more information relevant to Australian travellers.
ETC is also asking advisors to ensure their clients have the most suitable travel insurance prior to departing Australia.
Last week the the European Commission announced it will roll out a U.S. ESTA style electronic travel authorisation system – or visa-waiver program – for visitors from countries that are currently not part of the EU from January 2023.
Once approved, the ‘ETIAS’ will allow entry and travel within the EU for up to 90 days within a 180 day period and is valid for 3 years.
To check for entry requirements for each country, advisors can head to reopen.europa.eu.
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