COVID-19 Travel Sentiment Study- Wave 12

Americans Say Pandemic Less of a Factor for Upcoming Travel

According to the most recent Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers, 47% of American travelers say the coronavirus pandemic will greatly impact their travel plans in the next six months, down from a peak of 67% on April 1 and the lowest level since mid-March.  And 71% of American travelers have travel plans in the next six months, a percentage that has remained relatively constant since mid-March, but down from a peak of 87% on March 11, before the full impact of the pandemic was in place.

“The data shows slow but steady progress in a return to normalcy for future travel in the U.S.,” said Amir Eylon, President and CEO of Longwoods International. “But we still have a long way to go for the American tourism industry to regain its footing both in sales and employment.”

Forty percent of American travelers support opening their communities to visitors, up from 31% two weeks ago, and 43% would feel safe traveling outside their communities, up from 35% in that same time period.   About a third of those surveyed would feel safe dining in local restaurants and shopping at local stores.

The survey, supported by Miles Partnership, was fielded May 27, 2020 using a national sample randomly drawn from a consumer panel of 1,000 adults, ages 18 and over.  Quotas were used to match Census targets for age, gender, and region to make the survey representative of the U. S. population.

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