ETC: Despite the pandemic, Europeans remain optimistic about travel

first_imgHarmonization of European travel rules as an imperative The first report shows that quarantines, changes in border regulations, unclear reservation and cancellation policies create obstacles for respondents with short-term travel plans and highlight the need for European governments to coordinate travel rules and regulations without delay. Despite the pandemic, Europeans remain optimistic about travel The majority of respondents (54%) state that they intend to travel in the next six months, while 26% said they plan to travel by November 2020. Traveling to Europe is the best choice, with 41% planning to continue traveling in the country and 39% to other European destinations. It was pointed out that the countries affected by COVID-19 are still among the most popular destinations in Europe, and on the scale of water Spain, France and Italy. Among those who plan to continue their journey before, the most attractive types of recreational trips are sun and beach vacations (25%), followed by city vacations (19%) and nature / outdoor trips (16%). Europeans give priority to health and safety on their travels (21%), but they also take into account peace and relaxation (14%) as well as accessibility (13%). From a health point of view, 20% consider air travel to be the least safe part of the trip. For those with short-term travel plans, no factors are more important for decision-making than flexible cancellation policies (11%), social exclusion in flights and transportation (9%), and completely abolished travel restrictions (9%). This is the first study to assess the short-term travel intentions of European travelers from ten major markets to better understand and respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel to Europe. The report also provides information on people’s travel preferences, including types of destinations and experiences, vacation periods, and travel concerns in the coming months. Interestingly, the data also tells which are the five markets that will travel within 6 months first and which will not. Thus, among the greatest interest in travel is in Poland, then Italy, Spain, Germany and Austria. center_img Travel concerns remain high as Europeans have to move with complicated restrictions and a persistent pandemic. The ETC report showed that the primary concerns for those intending to travel in the short term are quarantine measures during the trip (15%), an increasing number of COVID-19 cases (12%), the possibility of getting sick at the destination (11%) and change / unpredictable travel restrictions (10%). Travel restrictions and the growing cases of COVID-19 keep Europeans grounded Read the full report in the attachment. European travelers are eager to continue their journey, but anxiety over the growing number of coronavirus cases and severe travel restrictions may lead many to put their scheduled journeys on hold, according to a new study published by the European Travel Commission (ETC). Attachment: MONITORING SENTIMENT FOR DOMESTIC AND INTRA-EUROPEAN TRAVEL – WAVE 1 “The report makes it clear that Europeans’ appetite for travel is strong, but it is also hampered by understandable health concerns and a discouraging set of COVID-related rules and restrictions.”, Said ETC Executive Director Eduardo Santander and added: “A harmonized approach and simplification of travel rules at European level is the only solution to restore consumer confidence and launch a recovery in travel.”last_img

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