Despite cancellations, Americans holding out hope for summer travel

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Despite cancellations, Americans holding out hope for summer travel
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Americans are canceling travel at an unprecedented rate because of Covid-19, but many are still holding onto plans for spring and summer travel.

An Omnitrak poll of 2,505 adults who have traveled at least once in the past year shows 29% have canceled leisure trips and 12% have canceled business travel since January.

However, only 8% with plans to travel between March and August said they have canceled leisure trips, while 6% said they have canceled business trips because of the pandemic. 

Still, to maximize a rebound in travel as the pandemic eases, the survey indicates consumers will need access to better and more reliable information.

On a scale of 1 to10 -- with 1 being not at all satisfied -- travelers rated the timeliness of pandemic information at a mean of 6.7 and reliability at a mean of 6.5.

While 59% said the top factor in their decision-making is advice from national health officials and scientists, just 29% said their decisions would be based on advice from national political leaders.

“As the pandemic will clearly affect U.S. travel sentiment for some time to come, it’s important that the travel industry help all Americans to make sound decisions based on current science-based public health information,” said Omnitrak CEO Patricia M. Loui.

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