Staying with the waves of American traveler consumer data, here are the key findings from several research reports and surveys with links to read more:
|• Americans are clearly divided about getting back to travel again…
• Americans are also very evenly divided about welcoming visitors back to their communities
• On a positive note, the downward trend slowly continues for those saying the pandemic will greatly impact their decision to travel in the next six months.
• Economic concerns hold steady at a low level…
• Pent up demand seems to still run into the wall of fear and regulation, though, as intent stays flat around 69%
|• Impact on their personal finances and national economy is at an 8-week low. However, optimism that coronavirus will get better in the U.S. in the next month dipped to a 4-week low.
• Over half say they miss the very act of planning travel. However, the vast majority still say they will approach travel with trepidation as they think about starting again.
• 36% of travelers report having one or more trips planned between now and the end of August and 45.3% estimate they will take their next road trip in this same period; 20.1% their next air trip
• Americans estimate the distance of their next road trip to be 423 miles on average, although 43.2% report it will be under 200 miles.
• 56.3% say the most recent travel ad they saw made them feel happy.
|Sojern is now providing daily travel insights to help hotels, attractions, and tourism boards understand travel behavior and plan for recovery. Free and unlimited access via the Sojern website is a service previously only provided to clients. and partners. The dashboard is updated daily at 10:30 p.m. UTC.
|Arrivalist Daily Travel Index measures US travelers who moved at least 50 miles from home and spent a minimum of two hours on their journey. The index is the relative daily volume of travelers compared to the average number of daily travelers in February 2020.
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