ETC survey results reflect the big desire of Europeans to resume travel

Most Europeans hope they’ll be able to travel before August 2021

There are more approved vaccines entering the market, more people are getting vaccinated, and hence the hopes of people waiting to travel have also risen. The ETC’s report that was lately released shows that Europeans are brimming to travel even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of the Europeans are hoping to resume traveling by the beginning of summer 2021. The data used for the ETC report was collected in January 2021. The survey of which the report was released, involved travelers from Belgium, Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and Switzerland.

54% of the respondents of the survey stated that they were planning to travel within the next 6 months. They were desirous to travel to domestic locations or other countries in Europe. 69% of the European travelers said that they feel safer in countries and destinations that have adopted preventive measures against COVID-19. The rest felt that COVID restrictions will ruin their vacation somehow.

11% of the respondents claimed that effective vaccination against COVID-19 would play a significant role in their decision to travel again. Another 11% of the respondents thought that the effectiveness of managing the health crisis presented by COVID-19 will be key for them in considering travel. Another 10% thought that COVID testing before departure to any destination is the key factor in deciding to travel.

Only 12% of the respondents showed the willingness to start traveling by the end of March 2021. Over one-third of the respondents had plans to travel as if on a tourist visa between May 2021 and July 2021. These included people from Germany, France, Austria, and Switzerland who had plans to go on a trip to destinations that are well-known for sun and beaches.

41% of the respondents wanted to cross borders to travel to another European country. Only 35% wanted to stay in their domestic country. The top five nations that are potential travel markets that chose domestic trips owing to the COVID-19 include Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Poland.

The most popular destinations European travelers chose to visit even during the COVID-19 pandemic included Italy, Spain, Greece, France, and Germany.

The health risk in air travel has come down to 16% from 20% as it was in September 2020. This has caused an increase in the number of people who are working on plans to travel by air. Their volume has increased to 54% from 49% throughout the same time period.

From what was found from the survey’s respondents, the second most preferred mode of transportation was a car. 56% of respondents who planned to take a trip chose a car as their travel method.

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