Travel Travel Safety Barometer Provides Encouraging Summer Travel News
New Tool Tracks Travelers' Perceptions of Safety Throughout Reopening Phase
The MMGY Global Travel Safety Barometer measures Americans' perceptions of safety on a scale from 0 to 100.Measured on a scale from 0 (extremely unsafe) to 100 (extremely safe) and based on a monthly survey of 1,200 American travelers, Travel Safety Barometer metrics are published for a series of categories, including domestic and international travel, transportation, lodging, cruising, dining and entertainment.
has just released the fifth wave of its , and there was a lot of good news. Travelers are feeling much more comfortable about summer travel, entertainment, transportation and even business travel.
All of theare currently in some phase of reopening, and international destinations are also beginning to open borders and welcome travelers, which seems to be driving confidence in the safety of travel. Traveler sentiment or travel within the country jumped 10 points from 34 in May to 44 in June.
Travelers are also more confident in international travel. The barometer jumped 10-points but is still relatively low at 32 on a scale of 100.
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People are also growing more confident in going out for dining and entertainment. Travelers are starting to feel more comfortable about participating in activities like going to a park, dining at a restaurant and attending sporting events (indoors and outdoors) as well as outdoor festivals.
Outdoor activities are more popular than indoor ones, with people showing the most enthusiasm for, which scored 50 points on the travel barometer.
People are still relatively apprehensive about indoor events such as concerts, theatrical events and indoor sports.
In more good news, the Lodging Safety Barometer increased from 35 to 44 in June. Hotels have worked hard toand promote their new cleaning measures, and the strategy is building confidence among consumers. Staying in a hotel or resort scores 44, and vacation rentals are just slightly higher with a score of 47.
Belgium Giving All Residents Free Train Trips to Boost Travel
The government is encouraging people to take a domestic trip to boost the travel economy. When lockdown measures end, domestic trips will be essential to boosting the travel industry again. As Belgium slowly reopens after three months in quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government is now offering free 10-trip rail passes to all residents in the country, according to Lonely Planet. The government decided to provide these rail passes in an effort to stimulate the economy and encourage domestic tourism.
Transportation is also showing positive movement. In particular, confidence in air travel is gaining ground with a 20 percent improvement since May, which means that, like the hotel and lodging industry, the promotion of increased safety measures has given consumers an elevated sense of security.
However, traveling in a personal vehicle is by far the most secure method of transportation at the moment, scoring 74 points on the barometer. Domestic flights score just 36, and traveling by rail is 34.
Business travel confidence is improving but remains hindered by several factors. Video conferencing platforms and the complexities of attending a crowded conference during the pandemic are leading companies to reconsider their business travel needs.
However, the fifth wave of this survey has shown a seven-point jump among travelers who perceive business travel as safe, moving the needle from 29 to 36 out of 100.
Domestic Travel Increases During COVID-19 Pandemic .
Americans continue to travel during the summer.International trips are on hold, but domestic travel is showing a steady increase, research from Squaremouth shows.