Me two-thirds of people wishing to travel for leisure plan to cut back on their plans due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, according to a new industry study.
A survey last month by Morning Consult, on behalf of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and released Tuesday, found that 69% of leisure travelers are likely to take fewer trips, 55% plan to put their plans on hold. travel and 42% are likely to cancel existing travel plans with no intention of rescheduling.
AIRLINES ARE STARTING TO FEEL THE PRESSURE OF THE DELTA VARIANT
The delta variant, which began to take hold in July, threatened the country’s economic recovery and increased the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. At their lowest point this year, average daily infections were above 10,000 nationwide. Now infections are on average around 132,000 a day, with deaths up more than 30% from two weeks ago.
The new infections, and the subsequent response from those in the United States, have hit particularly hard the vulnerable hospitality and entertainment industry, which suffered the brunt of the first waves of the COVID-19 pre-vaccine and is still in need of help. hard to find a way to normality.
Tuesday’s leisure travel survey reinforces another survey conducted for the American Hotel & Lodging Association, released last week. This poll found that business travel was also taking a punch in the delta variant, prompting offices to delay reopening plans, hide warrants to come back into effect, and some companies to adopt restrictions. .
The survey found that 67% of business travelers are likely to take fewer trips, 60% are expected to postpone their travel plans and more than half are likely to cancel their existing travel plans with no intention of rescheduling.
Changes in travel habits have shaken up what many in the travel industry expected to be a combination of business and leisure (especially leisure) travel fueled by pent-up demand and savings that were reinforced by successive rounds of stimulus spending.
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Last month, as Delta began to take hold, Southwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines told investors they expected to be hit by the virus again. Southwest predicted its third quarter operating revenue to fall 15% to 20% from before the pandemic in 2019.
What’s more, general consumer sentiment plunged to a decade-low level last month, according to the University of Michigan index.
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Key words: News, Air Travel, Tourism, Coronavirus, Delta Variant, Business, Travel
Original author: Zechariah Halaschak
Original location: Leisure travel coincides with business travel as the delta sweeps across the country