77% of travellers want to travel in the next year: Amadeus travel research – ET TravelWorld

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77% of travellers want to travel in the next year: Amadeus travel research
Over three quarters (77 per cent) of travellers are eager to travel and hope to do so in the next year and 50 per cent say they would be travelling for business to a destination requiring a flight later this year. Furthermore, travellers expect to take an average of two trips over the next year.

Bringing welcome news for the travel and tourism industry, a travel research commissioned by Amadeus across nine markets, including France, Germany, India, Russia, Singapore, Spain, the UAE, the UK, and the US, strongly indicates that the appetite to travel is high.

While a large number of respondents reflect an eagerness to travel, especially next year, trends indicate that perhaps travellers would be comfortable travelling close to their home country. Spanish (46 per cent), German (41 per cent) and British (40 per cent) say they expect to travel to Europe for business in the next year – and higher percentages say the same for leisure (64 per cent, 62 per cent and 56 per cent respectively).

The survey provides an in-depth understanding of how confident flyers feel about travelling and their areas of concern. Around 53 per cent of Indian respondents attributed the requirement of being vaccinated against Covid-19 as a top travel safety measure in air travel.

Singaporean travellers surveyed are the most likely to say they expect to travel within Asia (excluding the Middle East) for business (45 per cent) or leisure (55 per cent) in the next year and US travellers surveyed are the most likely to expect to travel within North America for business (39 per cent) or leisure (53 per cent). Travellers from the UAE are the most likely to say they expect to travel within the Middle East for business (51 per cent) or leisure (47 per cent). At the same time, it reveals that greater clarity on restrictions and guidelines will be key to unlocking increased traveller confidence.

The travel industry continues to face disruption with various restrictions still in place across the globe for travellers and 35 per cent agree that the current international restrictions and guidelines around where and how to travel are confusing and unclear – making them less likely to book and travel for business/ leisure and a further 27 per cent agree they will not be travelling internationally due to the unclear guidance around restrictions.

UK travellers surveyed are the most likely to agree that the current international restrictions and guidelines around where and how to travel are confusing and unclear – making them less likely to book and travel for business/ leisure (45 per cent). The UK and Singaporean travellers are both the most likely (34 per cent) to agree that the current international restrictions and guidelines around where and how to travel are confusing and they will not be travelling internationally due to the unclear guidance around restrictions. In India 32 per cent shared the same sentiment.

77% of travellers want to travel in the next year: Amadeus travel research
Around 70 per cent of travellers surveyed would be willing to provide personal information and health data using digital health passports/certificates for international travel. Travellers seem less willing to provide this information for domestic travel (e.g., staycations) (45 per cent); however, and fewer would be willing to share this for office or business events/conferences (39 per cent).

Spanish travellers surveyed are the most likely to be willing to provide personal information and health data using digital health passports/certificates for international travel, followed by travellers in Singapore (77 per cent), UAE (77 per cent), Russia (73 per cent), India (72 per cent), Germany (70 per cent), France (64 per cent), UK and USA (58 per cent).

Moreover, travellers in India are the most likely to be willing to provide personal information and health data using digital health passports/certificates for domestic travel (49 per cent), followed by travellers in France (48 per cent), USA (47 per cent), Spain (46 per cent) and Singapore (44 per cent).

When asked which technology would increase confidence to travel in the next 12 months, mobile solutions continue to be the most popular. While fears of catching Covid-19 while travelling and self-isolation/quarantine are the biggest concerns about traveling in the light of Covid-19, for travellers in India (54 per cent), the USA (43 per cent), the UAE (45 per cent), and Singapore (54 per cent), the top concern is fear of catching Covid-19 while travelling from lack of social distancing, wearing of masks, etc.

The findings of the survey conducted by Riya Business Travel indicate a clear preference in integrating risk advisory and duty of care into the approval matrix for travel.

Over the last 12 months, Amadeus commissioned three global traveller surveys to understand traveller sentiment during this unique time. This latest traveller research focuses on attitudes on travel as well as concerns, sentiment towards travel health data, openness to technology, and sustainable travel.



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