Americans fear about their European vacations

 Thursday, March 10, 2022 


The rising COVID-19 pandemic  fears coupled with the war in Ukraine as led to many American tourists to cancel  their travel plans to Europe. A recent survey conducted amongst the US tourists revealed that 62% of them were concerned about the war in Ukraine spreading to nearby countries as a factor impacting plans to travel to Europe. This was twice the percentage of people who claimed that COVID-19 was a deterrent for their European travel.

A huge number of travellers wish to wait for some time to see how the situation in Ukraine resolves before they make plans to travel to Europe this year. A certain section of the respondents have stated that they were concerned about possible delays and cancellations of flights, trains and cruises, as well as the potential for border closures.

Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Germany are the most popular destinations they wish to visit. The progression of COVID-19 saw travel sentiment turn much higher than that could have been predicted.

MMGY Global CEO Clayton Reid, has said that it was time for travel providers to address this hesitancy around European travel. They can do so by reminding consumers of flexible cancellation and rebooking policies. He said that travelers should feel confident in booking because of the flexible policies most airlines, hotels and OTAs introduced in response to COVID-19. Clayton Reid has said that that this hesitancy is short-lived and that prior to the peak travel season to Europe and this sentiment will return to much more positive levels.

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