There is a significant jump in confidence in the safety of domestic travel reveals the latest findings from MMGY Travel Intelligence’s Travel Intentions Pulse Survey Wave VIII (TIPS) and MMGY Global’s Travel Safety Barometer, which are designed to track how COVID-19 is impacting travelers’ attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors.
The survey stats that perceptions of safety for domestic travel, transportation, lodging and even business travel are at their highest since the start of the pandemic.
“We’re seeing this momentum from the summer spurred on by people venturing away from home for the first time in months,” said Chris Davidson, Executive Vice President of Insights and Strategy, in a statement. “Americans are figuring out what they feel comfortable with and are starting to feel safer traveling domestically, though international travel is still perceived by most to be unsafe.”
The Domestic Travel Safety Barometer, which measures traveler sentiment on a scale of 0 (extremely unsafe) to 100 (extremely safe), experienced a 4-point jump with confidence in the safety of domestic travel increasing from a score of 45 to 49 from July to August. At the same time, the Lodging Safety Barometer reached an all-time high score of 50 as confidence in staying at hotels and resorts rose. These positive feelings are also reflected in the latest TIPS report, which found the likelihood of taking a domestic leisure trip during the next six months has increased from 38% in July to 42% in August. Furthermore, 75% of travelers said they are likely to travel by personal car during the next six months – the highest level reported since the survey began in March.