Coronavirus Surge Making Travelers Wary, Survey Shows
Fewer people feel safe traveling outside their local community
The share of U.S. travelers who are planning to change their travel plans because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has jumped in the last several weeks, and support among Americans for opening up their communities to visitors is at its lowest level since mid-May amid a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.
Air and car travel have been steadily increasing in recent months after essentially flat-lining in March and April amid coronavirus-related restrictions and lockdown orders. The travel and hospitality sector has added millions of jobs back onto the payrolls as restrictions are lifted and consumer demand rebounds, but a decline in consumer confidence spurred by the rise in coronavirus cases could upend the industry once again.
According to a survey conducted on July 1 by Longwoods International, a travel industry research and consulting firm, 76 percent of travelers are planning to alter their future plans because of coronavirus, up from 69 percent at the beginning of June. The share of travelers who say they will cancel their plans completely has also jumped from 37 percent in mid-June to 45 percent at the start of July.
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