The latest round of MMGY Travel Intelligence's biweekly survey on traveler sentiment shows a slight rebound in optimism about summer and fall vacations.

After falling to just 31% of travelers in Wave II, those who said they were likely to take a vacation in the next six months increased to 38% in Wave III of the biweekly poll, which is conducted for the U.S. Travel Association.

Many of those travelers might be hitting the road, however, instead of resuming international travel plans. The percentage of respondents who said that they were more likely to travel by car after Covid-19 passes increased from 35% in Wave II to 47% in Wave III. The percentage who said they were more likely to travel to destinations close to home increased from 36% to 42%.

A slowing in the spread of Covid-19 worldwide and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reducing risk advisory levels continue to be the most important factors affecting decisions to travel in the next six months, the survey showed.

Additionally, travelers are increasingly looking for travel restrictions to be lifted to make a travel decision, with the percentage of travelers who indicated an easing of travel restrictions would impact their decision increasing to 53%, compared to 45% in Wave II.

This survey polls 1,200 U.S. residents who have taken an overnight trip for either business or leisure in the past 12 months. The most recent survey was conducted April 17 through 22.

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