COVID-19 Travel Sentiment Study-Wave 9

Americans Divided on Both Traveling and Reopening to Visitors

According to the most recent Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers, 40% of them feel safe traveling outside their communities, 33% do not feel safe taking trips at this time and 27% are undecided. In a new line of questioning about reopening their communities to visitors, Longwoods found that 35% are supportive, 35% oppose the reopening and 31% are undecided.   

“Public support for traveling and welcoming visitors to local communities is fairly evenly split at this time,” said Amir Eylon, President and CEO of Longwoods International. “Obviously, public support both for travel and visitors will have to increase significantly in order for the American travel and tourism industry to fully recover lost jobs and revenues.”

Two trends regarding travel planning and expectations continue to slowly improve, with 77% saying the pandemic has changed their upcoming travel plans, down from a peak of 85% on April 8th.  More specifically, 54% say the virus has “greatly impacted” their travel plans for the next six months, down from 67% on April 1.  The travel-related information of most interest to American travelers continues to be deals on future travel (54%), local delivery and take-out dining options (48%) and ways to support local business impacted by the pandemic (43%).

The survey, supported by Miles Partnership, was fielded May 6, 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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