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Rising COVID-19 Case Numbers Taking a Toll on Travel Plans

November 18, 2020 Coronavirus (Covid-19) No Comments

According to the most recent Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers, 58% have travel plans in the next six months, the lowest percentage since the beginning of the pandemic in early March.

The percentage of travelers with travel plans in the next six months hovered around 70% for months after dropping from 87% on March 11th at the start of the pandemic in the U.S.

“Record new daily coronavirus case levels continue to weaken travel demand,” said Amir Eylon, President and CEO of Longwoods International. “Concern about the virus is the driving force in decision making about upcoming trips, including during the holidays.”

As we near the holiday season, fewer American travelers plan to take a trip during the holidays. According to the most recent survey, 53% are not planning any travel during the holiday season, up from 48% a month ago. Some 38% are planning to travel by car during the holiday period, while 17% will travel by air.

The survey, supported by Miles Partnership, was fielded November 4, 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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