Travel agencies have revealed that clients of travel advisors in the United States are continuing their travel plans towards Europe, despite the ongoing war in Ukraine, the eastern part of the region.
Despite the results of the MMGY Global survey in the United States, in which 62% of respondents claim that fears of spillover of the war to other countries affect their travel plans, another 47% indicated that they were waiting to see how the situation in Ukraine develops. For them to continue their plans, travel agencies reveal that interest in traveling to Europe remains relatively high at this point in how the pandemic is developing, TheSchengen.com reports.
Although previous research from MMGY Travel Intelligence revealed that 62 percent of Americans listed the war in Ukraine as a major factor in deferring their travel plans to the European Union, public interest in the 27-nation bloc, with the exception of Eastern Europe, has not changed. Destinations, which, according to US travel advisors, will remain the most affected by the situation in Ukraine.
There is “pent-up demand” in travel, said Kimberly Wilson-White, co-chair of Valerie Wilson Travel.
The co-chair noted that “customers are still keen to travel to Europe,” while saying that changes are expected in flights to Eastern Europe, but that Western destinations remain unaffected.
In addition, the head of the New York Travel Leaders Network, Roger Block, said bookings were more limited in countries near Ukraine while the rest remained “very strong”.
Natalie Monzengo, an affiliate of Strong Travel Services in Dallas, says she’s seen reluctance to book from potential clients, but those with travel on the books aren’t budging because they’re still planning to travel to the European Union.
“If that were to happen a couple of years ago, I think we would hear more about it from our customers. But they are very willing to take off, and it won’t affect that much,” said Mozingo.
The California-based owner of Eden For Your World also revealed how successful European destinations are at the moment, saying his company has received little feedback about the Ukraine war.
None of her clients have canceled flights to the European Union, and the destination is growing aggressively, said Janet McLaughlin, a Europe specialist, a consultant with Provident Travel in Cincinnati. However, one family asked to spend more time in Paris and Prague and to avoid Budapest due to its short distance from the war zone in Ukraine.
“What is happening there is clearly devastating. It is good that the United States is behind Ukraine.” Tiffany Haynes, CEO of Global Escapes in Athens, explained that pent-up demand from the pandemic has made Americans eager to travel, even if it means changing destinations. from Eastern Europe.
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