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Published on Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Americans more wary of traveling due to Delta variant

The latest Longwoods International survey tracking American traveler sentiment points to changing travelers' attitudes and travel planning due to the rapid spread of the delta variant.

It says about a third of travelers have postponed travel specifically because of the delta variant, up from a quarter of travelers two weeks ago.

The percentage of travelers who say that Covid will greatly impact their travel decisions in the next six months jumped from 21% a month ago to 34% in the latest survey.

"News of rising numbers of infection, hospitalizations and deaths clearly is changing the perception of trip safety for some travelers," said Amir Eylon, President and CEO of Longwoods International.

"Reports of so-called 'breakthrough infections' among the vaccinated and increasing Covid cases among children may also be weighing on travel and travel planning."

Support among travelers for opening up their local communities to visitors has plunged from 67% two months ago to 47%..

It found the percentage of travelers who feel safe eating in local restaurants and shopping at local retailers has also declined, from 74% in late June to 60% in early August.

The survey is supported by Miles Partnership, and was fielded on August 4, 2021 randomly drawn from a consumer panel of 1,000 adults, ages 18 and over.

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