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Pandemic Is Changing The Plans Of US Travellers

In its latest tracking study of US travellers, Longwoods International reports that 77% of those travellers are changing their travel plans because of the pandemic, the highest percentage since mid-July. Concern about catching or spreading coronavirus during a trip has jumped to 60% of travellers, up from 53% a month ago.

Amir Eylon, president and CEO of Longwoods International, said of the findings: “The dramatic surge in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths across the country is convincing more and more travelers now is the time to shelter at home.”

And Eylon added: “We don’t expect this trend to significantly reverse itself until vaccine/treatment distribution begins.”

According to the most recent survey, 39% of travellers feel safe venturing outside their local communities, the lowest level since mid-August. The percentage of travellers who support opening their local communities to visitors dropped from 39% to 32% in the past two weeks, the lowest level in months.

The survey, supported by Miles Partnership, was fielded Nov. 18, 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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