Travellers More Hopeful That End Of Pandemic Is Near

In its latest tracking study of American travellers, Longwoods International reports that the news of peaking and even declining new COVID-19 infections in some regions of the U.S. is restoring confidence in future travel.

The study found that the percentage of travellers planning trips in the next six months has risen to 91%, matching the highest level seen since the beginning of the pandemic almost two years ago.

A third of travellers now say that coronavirus will greatly impact their decision to travel in the next six months, down from two thirds of travellers back in April 2020.

Amir Eylon, president and CEO of Longwoods International, observed: “As the omicron variant begins to tail off in parts of the country, travellers hope they are seeing light at the end of the tunnel.”

And Eylon added: “As the news on the status of the pandemic gets better, we expect the pace of recovery for the travel and tourism industry to continue to improve.”

The study also found that travellers are very conscious of the hardships suffered by local businesses and organizations throughout the pandemic. More than half of them have purchased takeout food and beverage from locally-owned restaurants, cafés and breweries, and a just under half of them have dined in at those locally-owned establishments.

The survey, supported by Miles Partnership, was fielded January 19, 2022 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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