Americans Ready to Start Traveling Again
According to the latest Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers, only 30% say the Coronavirus will greatly impact their decision to travel in the next six months, the lowest level since March of last year, and six in ten say they now feel safe traveling outside their communities, the highest level in a year. Further, as more American travelers get vaccinated, the percentage of those who will wait to be vaccinated before traveling has declined to 27%, down from 37% six weeks ago. Four in ten say the vaccine has no impact on their travel plans.
“The negative impact of COVID-19 on travel planning is waning,” said Amir Eylon, President and CEO of Longwoods International. “And the percentage of those planning trips in the next 60 to 90 days is increasing, encouraging news for summer tourism.”
As a majority of Americans now indicate that they feel safe eating and shopping locally (60%) and opening up their communities to visitors (53%), they also recognize the need to support business sectors hardest hit by the pandemic. Around half (48%), say that helping these local businesses reopen and recover should be a priority in their community.
The survey, supported by Miles Partnership, was fielded April 28, 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.