With a new surge in COVID-19 cases and stay-at-home orders in place across the country, two-thirds of Americans say they will not travel this Christmas, according to a national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).
The survey of 2,200 adults was conducted Nov. 2-4, 2020 by Morning Consult on behalf of AHLA. Key findings include:
- 69 percent of Americans say they are unlikely to travel for Christmas.
- 74 percent of those traveling overnight for Christmas report they will stay with family or a friend.
- Only 32 percent of respondents have taken an overnight vacation or leisure trip since March.
- 65 percent say they are unlikely to travel for spring break in 2021.
- 44 percent say their next hotel stay for vacation or leisure travel will be a year or more from now.
Business travel has also taken a severe hit from the pandemic, with only 8 percent of those surveyed saying they have taken an overnight business trip since March, and only 8 percent of respondents expecting to travel for business within the next six months.
Lack of travel during the pandemic has caused a major crisis for the hotel industry, and AHLA warned that 71 percent of hotels will not be able to last another six months without immediate assistance.