COVID-19 Travel Sentiment Study-Wave 29

Vaccine Progress a Factor in Upcoming Travel for Most

According to the latest Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers, 70% of them say a vaccine will have an impact on their upcoming travel plans.  This as traveler optimism about future travel is slowly growing.  In November, 77% said they were changing their travel plans because of COVID-19.  That percentage has steadily declined to 68% in the most recent survey.

“The arrival of coronavirus vaccines is a game-changer for future travel in the U.S.”, said Amir Eylon, President and CEO of Longwoods International.  “We expect the pace of the travel industry recovery to be directly linked to speed that vaccinations drive down cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the pandemic.”

The percentage of American travelers who feel comfortable traveling outside their communities has steadily improved, from 39% in mid-November to 46% in mid-January.  Similarly, 32% supported opening up their communities to visitors in mid-November, while that support has increased to 41% in the most recent data.

The survey, supported by Miles Partnership, was fielded January 20, 2021 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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