Global Travel Media » Blog Archive Vaccine Tourism A new trend: travelling to receive a vaccination | Global Travel Media

Home » Coronavirus (Covid-19) » Currently Reading:

[sam id="86" codes="true"]

Vaccine Tourism A new trend: travelling to receive a vaccination

May 27, 2021 Coronavirus (Covid-19) No Comments

The latest research from ForwardKeys, which has the most up to date and comprehensive fight booking data available, suggests that people are travelling to the USA to receive a vaccination against COVID-19. The trend is most pronounced in travel from Peru, and other parts of Latin America, especially to Arizona, Florida and Texas.

ForwardKeys’ analysis of flight tickets issued up to 18th May reveals a substantial uplift in international bookings to Texas and Florida, during the fortnight after those destinations opened up vaccinations to all adults, including visitors.

Bookings from all origin markets to Florida rose from 44% of 2019 levels to 67%, and bookings from all origin markets to Texas rose from 58% to 91% of 2019 levels.

Bookings from Latin America to Arizona soared from 126% of 2019 levels to over 220% and bookings to Texas rocketed from 180% to 330%.

The most eye-opening increases in flight bookings have been to Texas – from Peru, 684% ahead of 2019 levels, followed by Costa Rica, 338% ahead, and from Mexico, 317% ahead.

The leading “post-vaccination” Latin American origin markets for Florida are Peru, 161% ahead, and Colombia and Guatemala, both 88% ahead.

Arizona has also seen similar strong increases in flight bookings – from Peru 166% ahead of 2019 levels, from Ecuador 135% ahead and from Mexico 129% ahead.

Analysis of “post-vaccination” travel reveals that there has been an increase in both bookings for short stays (1-3 nights), particularly for Texas, and an even greater increase in long stays (≥22 nights), particularly for Florida and Arizona, where the proportion of visits exceeding three weeks has more than doubled. This would be consistent with people flying in only to receive a jab and also combining a jab with an extended vacation.

Olivier Ponti, VP Insights, ForwardKeys commented: “As the pandemic progresses, we are seeing how closely linked vaccination is to tourism revival. Last month, we saw countries like Greece and Iceland, which declared themselves open to vaccinated visitors, gaining many more bookings than competitor destinations. This month, we are seeing the emergence of what could be called vaccine tourism, which is travel to a specific destination to receive a vaccination.”

0 0 votes
Article Rating

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Comment on this Article:







Subscribe To Receive Our Daily Global Travel Media Newsletter

The FIRST Australian-based news alert is to be delivered every Morning to your Inbox before you arrive at your desk.

Sponsor / Partners

Luxury Traveller by Robert La Bua – SideBar  Position -1
Top 25 Restaurants
Travel Index

 

ADVERTISEMENTS

Huawei SideBar Tower Banner November

ADVERTISEMENTS

ADVERTISEMENTS

ADVERTISEMENTS

ADVERTISEMENTS

TravelManagers Tower Banner Nov

GLOBAL TRAVEL MEDIA VIDEOS

 

 

 

TravelManagers Tower 2 300x600px

Advertisments

TravelManagers NOV Leader / Footer Banner
Global Travel Media
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x
%d bloggers like this:
Global Travel Media
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x
%d bloggers like this:
sitemap