I don’t need to sit here and tell you about how your summer holiday plans have been disrupted this year. Even if your travel plans haven’t been personally affected by the Covid-19 outbreak you’ll likely know someone who has been in that position.
It goes without saying that the damage to the travel industry has been huge – it has been one of the worst effected sectors after all. Thousands of job losses have already been announced, with many more likely to follow once the furlough scheme ends in October. This morning, the CEO of British Airway’s parent company IAG claimed that this current crisis is the worst in its history.
With all of this in mind, we thought it would be interesting to gather our Viewsbanker’s thoughts on travel, to find out not only whether your plans have been thrown into chaos, but also to understand your appetite for travel, and how this has changed with the ongoing pandemic.
In a recent Omnibus survey of 1,019 nationally representative adults, it will likely come as no surprise to you that UK destinations are proving a more tantalising prospect than their foreign counterparts, at least for the time being, with 34% of respondents indicating that they either already have a domestic trip booked, or intend to book one as soon as possible. Compare that with just 21% who have a trip abroad booked or intend to book one as soon as possible. The other point to consider here is that this survey was run before the Government’s recent announcement to remove Spain from the list of countries that do not require travellers to quarantine upon return to the UK.
The Government’s recent U-turn on Spain (and now Luxembourg) due to rising cases of Covid-19 there, will also have likely added a further dose of uncertainty to the minds of would be travellers. We’ll be re-running a section of this survey in the coming week to see if our suspicions are correct in that confidence in travel abroad will decrease further inline with the Government’s decision. In my opinion it certainly feels like you can’t take anything for granted right now.
What do you think? How do you feel about the prospect of travelling abroad in the near future? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to hear your thoughts!