Updates 11/10/2023: Ohio's Travel Industry and Current Travel Research
AMERICANS TRAVEL PLANS OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS STAY CONSISTENT SINCE JULY OF THIS YEAR. THOUGH COVID-19 DOES RAISE SOME CONCERNS FOR TRAVEL, ITS INFLUENCE ON TRAVEL PLANS HAS DECREASED SINCE 2021. HOLIDAY TRAVEL MORE APT TO BE WITH PARTNER AND FAMILY.
Key findings from Longwoods International fielded Oct. 11:
- Since July 2023, travelers have been consistent with their travel plans in the next six months with 89%-92% of Americans saying they have travel plans in the next six months.
- Though intention of travel planning in the next six months has been consistent, financial concerns have grown since September with 21% of American travelers saying their personal financial situation would greatly impact their decision to travel in the next six months.
- Concerns of COVID-19 while travelers plan upcoming trips (33%) has increased by 1% since September. But concerns year-over-year has decreased:
- In October 2021, 46% of Americans planned to change upcoming travel plans due to COVID-19.
- In October 2022, 39% of Americans planned to change upcoming travel plans due to COVID-19.
- How COVID-19 concerns changes travel plans in the next six months include American travelers planning to travel in the U.S. instead of internationally (16%), reducing the number of trips they take (14%), and choosing destinations they can drive to as opposed to fly (14%).
- Though concerns of COVID-19 are noted, 61% of America travelers say COVID-19 is not influencing their travel plans.
- Those planning to travel over the holidays anticipate traveling with spouse or partner (49%), immediate family/children (43%), close friends (19%), extended family (17%) or solo (15%).
- Only 12% of American travelers surveyed said they used Chat GPT to plan their trips. This is 2% less than reported in June.