Pandemic Fears Now Less Likely to Affect Americans’ Travel Plans
The coronavirus pandemic has heavily affected travel is the last two months. But now we are seeing an uptick in travel in the United States. Now the numbers show that Americans are less worried about the pandemic when it comes to traveling again.
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. Additionally, 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.
Americans are also ready to welcome visitors once again to their communities. Forty percent of American travelers support opening their communities to travelers, 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 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.”
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.