COVID-19 Travel Sentiment Study-Wave 23

Fear of Coronavirus Continues to Hammer U.S. Travel Industry

According to the most recent Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers, about half of American travelers say fear of spreading or contracting COVID-19 is preventing them from taking trips. Beyond fears of spreading or contracting COVID-19, American travelers are hindered from taking trips by unclear health and safety protocols (37%) and personal health concerns (36%). Only 13% of American travelers have no hesitations about traveling.

Beyond health and safety factors preventing American travelers from taking a trip, are destination-oriented concerns, with 35% citing travel restrictions as a factor preventing them from taking a trip as well as 21% who are not sure if they are welcome in the destination they are interested in visiting.

“With the number of new COVID cases hitting record levels daily, the virus continues to take its toll on the travel industry,” said Amir Eylon, President and CEO of Longwoods International.  

According to the most recent survey, one third of American travelers say they do not plan to travel until there is a vaccine.  Eylon continued, “True recovery for the travel and tourism sector may not be possible until a vaccine is not only available but widely distributed across the country. Longwoods International will continue to keep a pulse on vaccine development and its impact on travel plans in upcoming surveys.”

The survey, supported by Miles Partnership, was fielded October 21, 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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