RICHMOND, Virginia., December 9, 2021 / PRNewswire / – As the world watches the impact of the new Omicron variant on travel, Allianz Partners shares the results of the first edition of the International Vacation Confidence Index. Conducted by OpinionWay, the recent poll found that a majority of European and American holidaymakers plan to travel this winter, with more than half of all respondents in the 9 countries surveyed planning to travel.
While there is a clear intention to travel this winter, it is mainly driven by strong domestic demand, Italians (65%), Spaniards (63%), French (42%) and Americans (57%) intending to forgo international travel in favor of vacationing in their own country of residence. The cross-country trend suggests that a return to international travel this winter will be greeted with caution by many potential vacationers.
Some of the main survey trends:
- Spaniards (78%), Italians (77%) and Americans (68%) have the upper travel intentions and place the greatest importance on winter travel
- The French (51%) are the less likely have winter vacation plans this year, followed by Germans (57%) and Dutch (59%)
- The British fall somewhere in the middle in terms of domestic winter travel plans (44%) with a higher preference for planning trips abroad (25%) than the French (15%) and Americans (18 %)
- The Swiss and the Dutch have the highest rate of foreign travel plans: 38% and 31% respectively
The importance of winter holidays varies by country
While most respondents plan to travel this winter, OpinionWay poll finds that a winter getaway is more important for Spaniards (73%), Italians (64%) and Americans (69%). The UK is the only other country where a majority of the population say winter holidays are important (58%). In comparison, for the French (42%), the Dutch (45%), the Austrians (46%), the Germans (48%) and the Swiss (49%), winter holidays are less important. Winter holidays seem to be the least important for the Dutch, with 27% deeming it to be “not at all important”.
In Austria, which is currently on lockdown restrictions, 61% plan to travel this winter, with one in four considering taking a trip overseas. Additionally, 25% cited concerns about the ongoing pandemic as a reason for not planning a trip.
The outlook for overseas travel is most positive in Switzerland and the Netherlands
The outlook for foreign travel is most positive in the group’s smallest countries: Switzerland tops the list with 38% of those surveyed intending to travel abroad in the winter months. While the Dutch may not see winter travel as their top priority, they have the second highest rate of overseas travel plans, with 31% of respondents planning to go abroad. . The countries with the lowest rates of overseas travel plans are France (15%) and the United States (18%).
Winter vacation budgets vary widely: American vacationers plan to spend 3 times more than Italians
Americans plan to spend the most on winter vacations this year on an average budget of $ 3,382. This could be attributed to the cost of transportation where travel often requires the plane. The British have the second highest budget in $ 2,126, with a relatively high percentage of Britons intending to travel abroad. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the lowest budget for winter travel is in Italy ($ 864) and Spain ($ 1,053) where costs are lower and travel is possible by train or car.
The health crisis continues to worry travelers
Across all of the countries surveyed, respondents identified three main reasons for not traveling: winter vacations are not important, wanting to save money, and worrying about the pandemic.
In Germany, concern about the current health crisis is the main reason for not planning a vacation this winter (30%) against only 13% of French people questioned. The health crisis is also a key consideration for Britons, with 27% citing it as a travel deterrent.
Meanwhile, saving money is the number one reason not to travel for Italians (29%) and Americans (23%), while 26% of Spaniards will forgo a vacation for the sake of saving money with a equal amount claiming winter vacation is not important.
For a majority of respondents, the combination of vaccination and flexible travel arrangements provides sufficient mitigation against this period of uncertainty and risk. Vaccination is the first precaution taken by everyone, especially Austrians (64%), Spaniards (63%), Italians (60%) and British (55%).
The British are also the most likely to take out an insurance policy (39%), followed by the Dutch (30%) and the Spanish (25%).
Commenting on the survey, Joe mason, Chief Marketing Officer – Travel, at Allianz Partners said: “After the success of our Vacation Confiance Index in the United States After many years of studying summer vacation travel, we are excited to expand our reach and examine winter travel trends globally. This comprehensive study provides multi-market analysis of reported changes in travel demand and behavioral intentions regarding travel in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding what factors influence individual travel decisions is vital for tourism planning in these uncertain times and enables Allianz Partners to meet the changing needs and preferences of consumers with travel protection solutions aimed at building travelers’ confidence in the economy. ‘to come up. “
Methodology of the study
The study was carried out on a sample of 9,005 people, in France (1000), in Germany (1 001), in the UK (1000), in Italy (1000), in Spain (1 002), in the Netherlands (1 001), in Austria (1 001), in Switzerland (1000) and in United States (1000). The samples were drawn up according to the quota method, with regard to the criteria of sex, age, socio-professional category, region of residence and size of agglomeration in France; gender, age, region and income in other countries. Interviews were conducted using a self-administered online questionnaire via the CAWI (Computer Assisted Web Interview) system. The interviews were carried out from November 2 to November 9, 2021.
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