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In preparing for her trip, Antoni is busy booking hotels and flights, making plans with friends and, like many others who have plans to visit Europe, is keeping an eye on the horrible headlines coming out of Ukraine since it was invaded by Russia on February 24.
Ukraine and Russia currently have level 4 “no travel” warnings from the U.S. State Department, but the U.S. State Department has not issued similar warnings for European countries affected by the crisis.
And while concerns about traveling during a war are valid, security experts also stress that many of Europe’s most popular tourist areas, such as Barcelona, Rome and Paris, are many hundreds (if not thousands) of miles away from the current conflict in Ukraine.
“You don’t need to have this kind of heightened state of anxiety, [which] is what we’re seeing more of right now,” said Greg Pearson, CEO and founder of Care & Assistance Plus, a travel and crisis assistance service recently launched by global firm FocusPoint International.
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Middle East (+89%) and Africa (+51%) also saw an increase in January 2022 over 2021, but these regions experienced a 63% and 69% decline, respectively, compared to 2019. Although Asia Pacific had a year-on-year increase of 44%, several destinations remained closed to non-core travel, leading to the largest decline in international arrivals since 2019 (-93%).
The gue rra in Ukraine poses new challenges to the global economic environment and could hinder the recovery of confidence globally. U.S. and Asian source markets, which have begun to open up, could be particularly affected in terms of travel to Europe, as these markets are historically more cautious about risk.
This forecast is in line with the analysis of the potential impact of the conflict on global economic recovery and growth by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which has also downgraded its global economic growth forecast for 2022 from 3.6% to 2.6% and warned that developing countries will be the most vulnerable to the slowdown.
Madrileños around the world: St. Petersburg (Russia)
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ST. PETERSBURG, the city of the Czars in Russia
The war between Russia and Ukraine, unleashed this Thursday, has once again put the fears of the tourism sector on the table, at a time when the reactivation of the activity seemed close. José Luis Zoreda, executive vice president of the Alliance for Excellence in Tourism (Exceltur), acknowledged that it is difficult to anticipate the consequences, but that “it is not a positive scenario” because a conflict of this magnitude destabilizes demand and because it could have an impact on the already high energy costs.