According to a live Verdict Community survey, the issue most likely to deter people from traveling is ‘quarantine requirements’, and it is hoped that the UK’s traffic light system will make things clearer where that is concerned.
Those who were able to save during the COVID-19 pandemic may now be considering a ‘bucket list’ trip, as canceled trips and a reduced ability to travel has left bigger budgets for more once-in-a-lifetime trips. This could provide a much-needed boost to destinations that require long-haul flights, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
Rheanna Norris, Travel and Tourism Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “The vaccinated over-65s are likely candidates. While the situation remains fluid, it is expected that being fully vaccinated will offer a greater ability to travel. This, along with minimal concern regarding personal financial situations, means that older visitors are likely to provide economic gain for luxury, long-haul destinations.”
GlobalData’s COVID-19 Recovery Survey* found that 58% of respondents aged 65+ were ‘not concerned’ regarding their personal finance situation. Meanwhile, 87% of respondents aged 25-34 were ‘extremely’ or ‘quite’ concerned (combined) on this matter. This result shows the generational difference in terms of the financial impact of COVID-19.
Norris continues: “Increased holiday budgets will benefit long-haul ‘bucket list’ destinations that attract luxury UK travelers, such as Barbados, the Maldives and Mauritius. However, destinations will only reap benefits from the increased holiday budgets and spending in the next few years, as confidence to book a holiday in 2021 remains low.”
According to a live Verdict Community survey**, the issue most likely to deter people from traveling is ‘quarantine requirements’, and it is hoped that the UK’s traffic light system will make things clearer where that is concerned. Low confidence and the threat of quarantine may mean investment into ‘bucket list’ trips come in 2022 and 2023, to eliminate any cancelation threats.
*GlobalData Recovery Survey of 509 participants from the UK, from 2-6th December 2020 (Week 11).
**Verdict Community Survey live since 17th November 2020 with 1,343 respondents.
Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.
She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.