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Europeans Expect COVID-19 to Have Long-Term Effects on Their Travel Behaviours, Survey Shows

The Flash Eurobarometer study of Europeans’ attitudes towards tourism conducted by Ipsos European Public Affairs on behalf of the European Commission shows that the vast majority of EU citizens expect the COVID-19 pandemic to have some long-term impact on their countries. travel behaviour.

Nearly eight in ten EU citizens (76 per cent) expect the COVID-19 pandemic to have some kind of long-term impact on their travel behaviour, while 21 per cent expect no long-term effects, part of the survey reads.

According to the data published by the Commission, 49 percent of the respondents who participated in the study believe that the coronavirus pandemic will lead them to pay more attention to the health and safety measures currently imposed in all member states.

On top of that, somewhat fewer (38 percent) expect the pandemic will result in more vacations in their country and less travel overall, reports.

The results also showed that 24 percent of respondents believed that the COVID-19 pandemic would have an impact on the choice of destination country.

The survey emphasized that “more attention to the impact of tourism on local communities was mentioned by 28 percent of respondents as an expected impact of the pandemic on their travel behaviour, while 19 percent expect it will change the way they are transported to the destination.” .

In addition, in 19 EU member states, participants cited “concerning health and safety measures” as the long-term impact they expect the coronavirus pandemic to have on their travel behaviour.

At the same time, the Eurobarometer survey on European attitudes towards tourism demonstrates the growing importance of sustainable tourism offers in relation to tourism restoration.

About 82 per cent of EU citizens said they would like to change some of their travel habits so that their overall travel process is more sustainable. In contrast, 15 percent claimed they were not prepared to do so.

Furthermore, about a third of respondents said they would be willing to choose transportation options based on environmental impact, as well as reducing water use while on vacation, and contributing to carbon offset activities in order to create more sustainable habits.

Across EU member states, the proportion of respondents willing to change at least some of their travel and tourism habits to be more sustainable is always higher than two-thirds: the proportion who are not explicitly willing to do so ranges from 1% in Malta to 28% in Cyprus.

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