AHLA: 69% of Leisure Travelers to Reduce Trips Amid Rising COVID Cases
Leisure travelers in the U.S. plan to scale back travel plans amid rising cases of COVID-19, according to a new national survey conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).
The survey found that 69% of respondents plan to take fewer trips, 55% plan to postpone existing travel, and 42% are likely to cancel existing plans without rescheduling. Additionally, nearly three in four (72%) are likely to only travel to places within driving distance.
“With COVID-19 cases rising and travel concerns mounting as we enter the fall and winter months, the hotel industry is at a pivotal point. Unless Congress acts, pandemic-related travel reductions will continue to threaten the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of hotel workers,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO at AHLA. “For over a year, hotel employees and small business owners across the nation have been asking Congress for direct pandemic relief. This data underscores why it’s time for Congress to act.”
David Cohen is Southeast Editorial Director at Connect Commercial Real Estate. David is a media veteran with more than 10 years of experience in journalism, copywriting and communications across a variety of roles. He is responsible for covering commercial real estate news and trends in the Southeast, Florida, Washington D.C. and Boston at Connect CRE as well as specializing in the Student Housing sector.
Prior to joining Connect, David was the editor of Northeast Real Estate Business magazine and Student Housing Business magazine at France Media as well as spending time freelancing for ESPN and the Associated Press in the fast-paced field of live sports event production. He is also an owner and investor in multifamily real estate in Atlanta, GA.
David currently resides in Atlanta and graduated from the College of Communication & Information at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.