Nearly half of Americans want space travel but few would pay $100K for it: survey


Apparently, space travel is a popular desire among nearly half of American adults.

A new ValuePenguin survey conducted by Qualtrics interviewed 2,000 U.S. consumers on space tourism and found that 49% of Americans would like to space travel if money wasn’t an issue.

For most people though, the cost of commercial space travel is too high. Only one in five – 19% – of the survey’s respondents said they’d be willing to spend $100,000 or more to travel the galaxy.

Meanwhile, 21% of consumers said they’d be willing to take on debt to participate in the exclusive activity.

Twenty-three percent of the survey’s respondents said they’d choose a free space trip over being debt-free. Men and Gen Z (age 18 to 24) tied and led the charge with the highest number of respondents wanting space travel over debt wiping at 28%.

“I’m not surprised in the least that so many Americans want to travel to space. It’s been a fantasy for decades for millions of Americans, myself included,” LendingTree’s Chief Industry Analyst Matt Schulz told FOX Business, regarding the survey’s findings. “The truth, however, is that the crazy-high cost means that it will remain little more than a fantasy for all but the wealthiest Americans for years to come.”

He went on, “I am surprised that so many high-income Americans say they’d be willing to drop $100,000 or more on space travel. Perhaps I shouldn’t be, though. When it comes to spending, more and more people are prioritizing experiences over things, and traveling to space would just be the ultimate experience for those who can afford it.”

Three in five survey respondents said they think space travel should be accessible for everyone and roughly two in five (41%) said they think billionaires shouldn’t be spending as much money as they are on space travel.

In May, Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin auctioned off seats on its suborbital rocket New Shepard, which received a winning bid that was as high as $2.6 million. 

Three months later, Richard Branson’s space company Virgin Galactic began selling rocket plane seats starting at $450,000 per person, according to Reuters.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has also made significant strides in pushing commercial space travel forward. In September, Musk joined three space tourists on a world-circling rocket, which didn’t have a professional astronaut onboard, the Associated Press reported at the time.

Musk reportedly spent millions of dollars to make the space mission happen, but the exact amount was undisclosed.

Going back to ValuePenguin’s survey, roughly one in four (24%) respondents believe space tourism isn’t ethical and could contribute to climate change.

Fifty-one percent of the survey’s respondents said they don’t want to travel in space. Of those who said no, 54% claimed they’re just not interested, 39% claimed they think space tourism is dangerous and 29% claimed that they’re scared of space travel.

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Travelers Ready to Set Sail Again, Says Survey From U.S. News & World Report


WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in travel reviews and rankings, today revealed new data that takes an in-depth look into traveler sentiments around cruising. Announced exclusively during a webinar at the Seatrade Global Conference, results disclose that cruisers are eager to travel again. Almost a quarter of those surveyed are already booked for a future voyage – a number that is higher than pre-pandemic levels.

“The coronavirus pandemic has had an outsized effect on the travel industry, especially the cruise sector, and the public’s appetite for travel,” said Erin Evans, managing editor of Travel at U.S. News & World Report. “However, interest in cruising has barely wavered over the past year and a half, and veteran cruisers are itching to get back out on the water while many travelers are interested in taking their first cruise ever.”

The website survey ran over the past year and half, collecting data in January 2020, August 2020, June 2021 and August 2021. About half of the 6,000 respondents have never been on a cruise, allowing editors to compare results not only over the past year and a half, but also between seasoned cruisers and potential first-time cruisers. Insights offer glimpses into the effect of the pandemic on the cruising industry, how people plan to book their trip and what amenities, entertainment and destinations excite cruisers.

Findings include:

  • Appetite for cruising is making a swift comeback. Among those who have cruised before and indicated they may cruise in the future, more than 20% are currently booked for a future voyage (some of whom are likely using credits from trips booked pre-pandemic), which is higher than pre-pandemic levels. Even people who have never taken a cruise before are booked at higher levels.
  • Cruisers care about COVID-19 safety. More than 80% of past cruisers say vaccine requirements are important, while just 9% are against vaccine policies.
  • First-time cruisers are still excited to get out on the water post-vaccine. The total number of people who have never cruised before, but would be interested in cruising, sits at almost 61%, just one percentage point down from the same group polled before the pandemic.
  • Some long-time cruisers say they won’t be returning to the seas. The percentage of previous cruisers who say they would “never cruise” again increased – but only slightly – from 2% in January 2020 to 4% in August 2021. Meanwhile, about 10% of travelers who haven’t yet been on a cruise responded they would “never cruise” pre-pandemic. That number increased to around 17% in June 2021 then fell, with about 14% of respondents in August 2021 saying they would “never cruise.”

U.S. News Travel is one of the leading sites for travel advice, rankings and destination guides. Travelers can consult features, tours and travel guide content, which includes in-depth information on the best things to do, and the U.S. News Best Hotels, Best Vacations, Best Cruises and Best Travel Rewards Programs ranking products to help narrow down the best stay and trip options for their budget and vacation style.

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U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower citizens, consumers, business leaders and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A multifaceted digital media company with Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, News and 360 Reviews platforms, U.S. News provides rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice and U.S. News Live events. More than 40 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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Nearly 50% of Americans Want to Space Travel But Only 19% Would Shell Out $100,000 To Do So According to a ValuePenguin.com Survey


NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As space travel and space tourism continues to make headlines and more civilians vie for seats on the next launch, many Americans have strong feelings about going to space. 

According to a ValuePenguin survey of over 2,000 consumers, almost half want to go to space and some would even go into debt to do so; however, others think space tourism may not be ethical. 

Key findings:

  • 49% of Americans want to travel to space. Men are more interested in space travel than women (56% versus 44%), while interest in space tourism decreases with age (63% of Gen Zers versus 38% for baby boomers).
  • 28% of both men and Gen Zers would choose a free trip to space over being debt-free. Among all consumers, 23% opted for a trip to space rather than the ability to wipe out their debt.
  • Reality check: Of those consumers who want to travel to space, just 19% would shell out $100,000 or more to make it happen — and even that might not be enough. Seats on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo are estimated to start at a whopping $250,000 per person.
  • 60% of Americans agree that space travel should be accessible for everyone, not just those who can afford the exorbitant costs. On a similar note, 41% don’t think billionaires should be spending so much money on space travel.
  • About 1 in 4 (24%) don’t think space tourism is ethical. For example, some scientists fear that frequent space travel could give way to climate change, harming the environment through a high rate of emissions-per-passenger, as well as soot released by the rockets.

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Survey: Majority of charities resume travel but remain nervous


A survey of almost 900
organisations in the charity, academic and not-for-profit sectors has found that
two thirds are resuming travel but admit they remain nervous about the safety of
countries and are concerned about the ever-changing regulations surrounding Covid.

Nine out of ten of those surveyed by
specialist travel management company Diversity Travel said that their organisation
had had a ‘rethink’ about travel strategy, with budgets being reduced for two
thirds of those and 71 per cent of organisations reducing the number of employees allowed to travel.

Two thirds of those surveyed say
they expect business travel to decline in frequency in the near future with
four per cent predicting zero business travel. Opinion is split almost 50/50 over whether
levels of travel will ever return to what they were pre-Covid.

The biggest barriers to travel are the differing levels of
quarantine required around the world (81 per cent), travel restrictions in
destination countries (79 per cent), risk of infection (65 per cent), higher
costs (47 per cent) and vaccination requirements (34 per cent).

Christopher Airey, managing director of Diversity Travel, said:
“For many of our customers, the pandemic has not stopped them and they have
continued to travel to some of the most dangerous parts of the world for
humanitarian reasons.

“They’ve needed to know that we were by their side, helping to
keep them safe and reacting to the changing circumstances brought on by the
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Atlys Survey Finds New and Emerging Travel Patterns Amongst Americans Showing Increases in Travel Expenses; Non-Vaccinated Travelers on the Rise


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Eighteen months after the start of the coronavirus pandemic, countries have reopened borders to travelers. A recent survey conducted by Atlys found new and emerging travel trends, with travel becoming more expensive and uncertain than ever. The survey analyzed data from more than 3,500 travelers who used Atlys to travel abroad to understand these new travel patterns amongst Americans. Travel expenditure increased by a whopping $330 per trip due to COVID-19-related entry requirements, and so has the uncertainty, with 41% of travelers actively involved in travel communities related to their journeys.

Additionally, 58% of American travelers were unvaccinated, with the most common destinations being Mexico (37%), Greece (19%), Dominican Republic (12%), Bahamas (11%), and Aruba (13%), and Costa Rica (8%).

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Major Survey Results

Other significant results from the Atlys survey conducted over the summer include:

  • 58% of Americans that traveled abroad this summer were not vaccinated. As countries reopened their borders, non-vaccinated travelers returned to the same travel patterns as before COVID-19.

  • Old travelers are on the rise with a quarter being 50+. Amongst other demographic shifts, 47% of millennials refused to travel because of high costs, while 25% were scared to travel with unvaccinated children.

  • Florida is the hub for unvaccinated travelers: 20% of unvaccinated American travelers live in Florida. The top 4 U.S. states by active COVID-19 cases also led the pack for most outbound travel amongst unvaccinated Americans. Florida accounted for most outbound unvaccinated tourists, followed by Texas, New York, and California.

  • Traveling is inefficient: Each traveler spends more than 5 hours determining entry requirements and filling out paperwork. In addition, 23% of travelers saying they contacted either their airline, hotel,” or travel platform to understand the entry requirements with airlines call waiting times running into hours.

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The current process is highly confusing for travelers. Mohak Nahta, CEO and founder of Atlys, said, “This survey highlights the inefficient processes set in place by governments. While it’s understandable that requirements exist to keep COVID-19 at bay, countries must streamline the process. As countries look to revamp tourism, they underestimate the impact of fast, efficient systems and clear, easy-to-understand processes have.”

Countries have introduced a range of requirements to enter, making it more expensive to travel than ever. On average, the extra cost adds up to $330 per traveler and constitutes COVID-19 visas, travel insurance, and COVID-19 tests. In addition, 79% of travelers expressed frustration at the lack of disclosure by hotels & airlines on the added costs of traveling, only to discover them much later when the cancellation was not an option.

A COVID-19 visa, also known as a health visa, is a new visa that travelers need to get. While they’re electronic, the approval is not instant. Authorities review each application; they can only be submitted a few days before the trip and are not free.

“I wanted to travel to the United Kingdom, but I need to get a test within three days and then once I reach on the second and eighth days, and in between too? I am confused. I just decided not to go,” said Sid, a 26-year-old Software Engineer based out of New York City. Many other travelers echo this sentiment, and the survey brings to light the importance of building systems to guide and educate travelers in the post-Covid world.

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Atlys conducted the survey based on data from 3500 Atlys users between May 15, 2021, and September 5, 2021, for U.S. adults ages 18 and older. The Atlys app makes it fast & easy for travelers to get their visas.

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New Survey Finds Post-Pandemic Travel Will Pose Challenges Old and New | Business


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 27, 2021–

Wise today released the Wise International Travel Survey, assessing U.S. international travelers’ attitude and willingness to travel abroad. This comes on the heels of the White House announcing that the U.S. will reopen in November to air travelers from 33 countries who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the three market study of consumers, 82% of U.S. travelers say that as things get back to normal, international travel is one of the things that they’re looking forward to most. While 72% expressed that they are currently planning an international trip.

“While the Delta Variant still presents challenges for international travel, consumers are keen to go abroad again,” said Lindsey Grossman, director of product, North America for Wise. “Even while the pandemic has sadly kept people away from their friends and family abroad, thankfully Wise has been able to keep them connected financially – ensuring they can send money to friends and family internationally with no hidden foreign exchange fees. Additionally, when Americans begin to travel again, we’ll be there to support them on the financial side – making life easier for the many customers who told us in the survey that they are worried about the financial challenges of traveling abroad: from ensuring their debit cards work overseas and making sure they don’t get hit with hidden fees.”

Additional findings from the Wise International Travel Survey conducted in the U.S., Brazil and Canada include:

  • Generational Differences: Millennials find it more challenging to take time away from work but are more likely to travel abroad in the near future, with 41% noting that it would be challenging to take time away from work now for travel, versus 9% for ages 55+.
  • Yearning for Culture: Among other things, U.S. travelers miss learning about different countries and cultures (54%), seeing new sights (50%), and experiencing environments they can’t get in their own country (49%).
  • Looming Challenges: The pandemic still presents challenges for international travel, and the Delta Variant is affecting US International Travelers’ plans especially. In fact, 77% find COVID-19 related challenges, including navigating vaccine and testing requirements, as the most difficult barriers U.S. travelers face now when planning an international trip. Further, 86% found ensuring their health and safety from the virus, as a challenge.
  • Financial Woes: When it comes to financial pain points when traveling abroad, 34% of those surveyed said that credit or debit cards not working in destination and inflated exchange rates (33%) were of concern, while more than a quarter (27%) also find the hassle of exchanging currencies as one of their greatest financial challenges. Beyond these, other financial challenges U.S. travelers have faced when travelling internationally include: unexpected delays / changes to itinerary (46%), last minute purchases (28%), p of excursions / tourist attractions (37%), flight and baggage fees (44%), hotel prices (42%) and shopping prices (28%).
  • Converting Currencies: While many may be aware that airport-based currency exchange offer some of the worst inflated exchange rates, 31% of U.S. travelers still convert into local currency at the airport, while 31% convert into local currency at a local exchange shop, 27% at a local ATM and 34% ahead of time / before they leave.
  • Managing Finances: When traveling internationally, 28% of U.S. travelers say that they visit places that accept their home currency, while 27% pay for big things in advance with an online money transfer service. Meanwhile, 16% have their friends or family pay for them.

The Wise International Travel Survey is the latest in a series of Wise initiatives to provide consumers with the insights they need to travel internationally. Launched in 2011 with the vision of making international money transfers cheap, fair, and simple, Wise now helps over 10 million customers manage their money across the world through their Multi-Currency Account. More information on the resources and tools Wise provides is available on their site.

Methodology:

This poll was conducted between August 27-29, 2021 among a national sample of 500 International Travelers in the US. The interviews were conducted online, and Morning Consult employed robust sampling and weighting strategies guided by Census measurements to ensure our final data is nationally representative according to gender, age, household income, educational attainment, race, ethnicity, and region. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

About Wise

Wise is a global technology company, building the best way to move money around the world. With the Wise account people and businesses can hold 56 currencies, move money between countries and spend money abroad. Huge companies and banks use Wise technology too; an entirely new cross-border payments network that will one day power money without borders for everyone, everywhere. However you use the platform, Wise is on a mission to make your life easier and save you money.

Co-founded by Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Käärmann, Wise launched in 2011 under its original name TransferWise. It is one of the world’s fastest growing tech companies and is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker, WISE.

10 million people and businesses use Wise, which processes over £5 billion in cross-border transactions every month, saving customers over £1 billion a year.

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Survey: Travel Willingness Slips, But Some Cause for Optimism


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While a new survey of travel managers and industry suppliers doesn’t show any particular increase in optimism about near-term business travel demand, a few other indicators and comments this week point to perhaps a stronger stretch of interest as U.S. Covid-19 case counts begin to decline. 

The number of travel managers in a September survey who consider their organizations’ employees willing to travel for business declined from August levels and now stands at the lowest level since April 2021. In the Sept. 7-12 survey of around 280 member travel buyers and procurement professionals conducted by the Global Business Travel Association, about 69 percent said their organizations’ employees were “very wiling” or “willing” to travel. That’s down from 72 percent in August and 77 percent in July.

Travel supplier respondents to the GBTA survey, meanwhile, aren’t exactly brimming with optimism either. About 38 percent of the approximately 160 suppliers surveyed said travel bookings had declined in the past month, compared with 31 percent in August and 3 percent in July. (GBTA for this month’s survey changed the wording of that question, and previously asked respondents how bookings had changed in the prior week.)

Still, the number of member travel supplier respondents who said their bookings have increased rose to 32 percent in September from 24 percent in August. And the late-summer U.S. delta-variant wave of Covid-19 that swept through the Southern states in particular appears to be on the wane for the past week or two, according to The New York Times’ database.

Those suppliers aren’t alone in detecting some increased business travel activity. Hyatt Hotels Corp. in a filing this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission cited “growing momentum in business transient and group business” during September.

“While group cancellations have been elevated in August and September, new group bookings have remained strong,” according to Hyatt. “In addition, business transient bookings have accelerated materially in September as compared to August 2021.”

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a discussion this week at Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia Conference said that “we actually have seen a nice bump in business travel happening,” without offering specifics. Khosrowshahi’s remarks came one day after the ride-hailing giant reported overall third-quarter revenue trends that exceeded projections. 

And Airlines Reporting Corp. this week reported that air sales at U.S. corporate-focused travel agencies for the week ending Sept. 19 were 61.7 percent lower than the commensurate week in 2019, better than the 62.9 drop the week before and the lowest comparative decline since the beginning of August. 



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GBTA Survey: Travel Mgrs. See Travel Willingness Increase Further


Three-quarters of member travel buyers and procurement managers surveyed this month by the Global Business Travel Association indicated their organizations’ employees are at least somewhat willing to travel for business now, continuing a sharp rise commensurate with increasing availability of Covid-19 vaccines.

About 58 percent of the buyer respondents to the May 10-15 poll suggested their travelers were “somewhat willing” to travel for business under current conditions, with another 17 percent calling their travelers “very willing.” Of those who answered otherwise, nearly 4 in 5 cited safety concerns for their travelers’ reluctance, and nearly three in four cited their currently unvaccinated status.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week said individuals fully vaccinated against Covid-19 could gather indoors without masks or social distancing, although it kept mask requirements in place for public transportation including airplanes, airports, trains and buses. 

Worker Shortage?

Meanwhile, most suppliers plan to add employees to help manage what they hope is post-pandemic travel surge, but many are concerned about finding staffers, according to the GBTA survey. About 62 percent or travel supplier and travel management company respondents indicated they plan to add employees during the next six months, and 54 percent of them said they’re concerned that competition over candidates could hinder that effort. 

About 47 percent of supplier respondents cited a shortage of qualified candidates as their biggest restaffing obstacle, with 46 percent citing hesitancy among would-be employees to work in travel and 35 percent noting a desire among potential staffers to work remotely. 



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Reunited and It Feels so Good: Survey Finds Family Travel a Top Priority for Americans This Year


ORLANDO, Fla.–()–Wyndham Destinations, the world’s largest vacation ownership business, announced today the results of its most recent travel trends survey* which indicate vacationing is on the horizon for a majority of Americans this year.

In an online survey of 1,005 Americans, produced by independent creative market research agency Atomik Research, 72% of participants said they will prioritize traveling to see family and friends, with three-fourths agreeing they are likely to do so before the end of the year. The survey also found the desire for home-style amenities is higher than ever.

“As more Americans become comfortable with travel again, they’re interested in recreating a home-away-from-home environment that a traditional hotel can’t deliver,” said Melody Bostic Brown, publisher of Destinations magazine and host of the “Vacations Unpacked” travel series, produced by Wyndham Destinations. “It’s not surprising our survey found that the pandemic impacted travel for 81% of people, with 83% of them saying they were unable to see family and friends as often as they’d like last year. Vacation ownership offers travelers desirable accommodations, such as separate bedrooms, dining and living spaces, as well as fully-equipped kitchens and in-suite washers and dryers in most units, making the transition back to vacationing more seamless than ever.”

Additional key survey findings include:

  • Respondents identified the following as top destinations for a family vacation in 2021: Orlando (30%), Grand Canyon (26%), New York City (24%), and Myrtle Beach, SC (24%).
  • Respondents identified the following as top considerations when planning a family vacation: Relaxation (61%), Affordability (58%), Climate (44%), and Accommodations (43%).
  • Seventy-four percent of respondents report having a full kitchen (oven/range, dishwasher, sink, microwave, full size refrigerator, etc.) makes their vacation more enjoyable. Additionally, 69% say having a washer and dryer on-site makes their vacation more enjoyable, with 68% saying getting laundry done on vacation means less chores when they return home.
  • The majority of respondents (82%) said having separate living spaces in their suites allows for more quiet time when needed, while 75% agree that separate living spaces makes family vacation more enjoyable.

For families considering their next vacation, vacation ownership with Wyndham Destinations provides an affordable solution that allows families to own their vacation – year after year. With over 245 vacation club resort locations across industry-leading brands including Club Wyndham, WorldMark by Wyndham and Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham, families have the opportunity to explore places they’ve never visited – or return to their favorite destinations. Families can also test-drive the vacation ownership life by booking condo vacations at hotel prices at VisitClubWyndham.com.

* Wyndham Destinations commissioned Atomik Research to run an online survey of 1,005 adults in the United States for their 2021 travel survey. The margin of error fell within +/- 3 percentage points with a confidence interval of 95 percent. The fieldwork took place between April 16 and April 19, 2021. Atomik Research is an independent creative market research agency.

About Wyndham Destinations

Wyndham Destinations is the world’s largest vacation ownership business operating more than 245 vacation club resorts around the world that offer a contemporary take on the timeshare model. The brand portfolio – featuring Club Wyndham®, WorldMark® by Wyndham, Margaritaville Vacation Club® by Wyndham, and Shell Vacations Club – offers travelers the chance to own their vacation and explore places they’ve never visited before, year after year. Nearly 870,000 owners enjoy stays in a home away from home, featuring spacious suites with separate bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, living and dining areas, as well as resort-style amenities and services. Learn more at WyndhamDestinations.com.



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USTOA Survey Points to a 2021 Travel Recovery


A United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) survey proffered up some good news on the resurgence of travel by year’s end, with nine of 10 Active Members noting they are witnessing a rise in sales, and eight of 10 “enthusiastic” to “cautiously optimistic” about the resurgence of business.

Nearly half (49 percent) of respondents were “cautiously optimistic” about business picking up, while 24 percent were “optimistic” and approximately 7 percent were “enthusiastic.”

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Just 11 percent said they were “not optimistic,”, and 9 percent said they were “negative” about the prospect of business increasing by year’s end.

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gh, which is a positive sign for our members and the industry, especially as this survey was conducted just prior to the recent news of a potential return to Europe and U.S. cruising by summer,” said USTOA President and CEO Terry Dale.

“Right now, 56 percent of our Active Members are currently operating. And reports of customer feedback have been extremely positive, reinforcing the peace of mind our members offer travelers.”

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Eighty percent of respondents said they are witnessing an increase in bookings, and 43 percent with U.S. programs said they have added new itineraries and tours this year.

Respondents said the top U.S. booking destinations this year is Alaska. “Arizona and Utah tied in second with Florida and Wyoming tied for third,” the survey said. “Alaska was also named the top domestic destination that travelers are booking for the year ahead (2022) with Florida and Utah tied for second,” with Hawaii coming in third.

“It is with little surprise that our members are seeing an increased demand for U.S. travel based on what we knew of international border re-openings at the time of the survey,” Dale said. With more news of planned re-openings from Europe and other international locations, it’s likely we will see this percentage shift again as we get further into 2021.”

Respondents said the most most popular international destinations for 2021 bookings was Italy. “Ireland and the United Kingdom tied for second, followed by Costa Rica, Egypt, Iceland, and Mexico tied for third,” the survey said. “Italy was also named the top international destination that travelers are booking for 2022. Germany came in second, followed by France, Greece, and Ireland tied in third.”





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