ETC Survey: Europeans Eager to Travel in Next 6 Months, Poles Lead the List

The European Travel Commission (ETC) has revealed that more European citizens are planning to travel in the next six months.

According to an ETC press release, two-thirds (66 percent) of Europeans plan to travel during the fall and winter seasons, showing a positive trend for tourism in the union, TheSchengen.com reports.

About 5,769 respondents took part in the survey during the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth wave of COVID-19 from early February to mid-September 2021.

Moreover, the following nationalities were the top five who requested to plan to travel in the next six months.

73 percent of Polish citizens (8 percent lower compared to the previous survey, which was for the summer season or third quarter of 2021) 72 percent of Spanish citizens 3 percent of Italian respondents 2 percent of Dutch citizens 5 percent of German respondents

Travel interest among Europeans has remained volatile since the first survey (February 21), which increased by 55.6 percent to 70.3 percent in May and fell to 67.9 percent in July.

Vaccination has been a major factor in European confidence to travel again, with 48 per cent of travelers saying they are very likely to book a flight once they have been vaccinated. While the proportion of respondents who did not plan to travel decreased from 22.4% to 21.5%, the number of neutral answers also increased from 27.9% to 30.8%.

Overall, 57.8 percent of respondents agreed that an EU COVID-19 digital certificate would facilitate travel, with the largest number of citizens believing that Spaniards (72.4 percent) followed by Italians (65.1 percent) and Germans (63.1 percent) .

On the other hand, about 18 percent of respondents were skeptical that the EUDCC would improve travel amid the pandemic, with the Netherlands (28.2 percent) and Switzerland (24.1 percent) most skeptical. The British scored the most neutral answers on this issue with 29.1 per cent.

In terms of time, 27.6% of respondents said their next trip will be in the next three to four months, while 25.7% said they plan to travel in one to two months. However, 10.8 percent of travelers said they didn’t know yet, while 10.6 percent revealed they would travel in September.

However, compared to the previous survey, interest in domestic travel decreased by 10%, with only 31.5% of respondents claiming that they would visit their country in the next six months. But the number of respondents planning to travel to another European country increased by 2.2 percent, which means that more than half of the travelers (55.3 percent) plan to travel to a European country in the next six months.

Spain was the top travel choice for respondents, with 9.2 percent saying they would travel there, followed by Italy (9.1 percent) and France (8.2 percent). At the bottom of the list are the United Kingdom (3.5 per cent), Austria (3.8 per cent) and Turkey (3.9 per cent).

Furthermore, the ETC report shows that respondents were more interested in traveling due to quarantine restrictions during their trip (18.6%), followed by changes in travel requirements (14.2%) and increased infection rates at their destinations (13.9%). .

However, the most important travel confidence boosters are the following:

Vaccination (15.4 per cent) Flexible cancellation rules (12.2 per cent) Elimination of travel restrictions (9.9 per cent) Well-managed COVID-19 situation in the destination country (8.9 per cent) Destination health and safety rules (8.3 per cent) Attractive deals ( eight percent)

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Source: schengenvisainfo.com

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