Travel Leaders Study Breaks Down Europe Travel Safety Concerns

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Travel Leaders Group has surveyed more than 3,400 American travelers on traveling to Europe following the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels over the past year. 

For individuals with upcoming Europe travel plans in 2016, France was selected as the top country those travelers will visit – followed by Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain. However, for survey participants stating they’re not planning a trip to Europe between now and the end of the year, safety concerns still rank among the top five reasons. The survey was conducted April 4 to April 30, 2016, and includes responses from 3,431 consumers throughout the United States.

“While each person must decide on their personal level of comfort in traveling to any destination – even those within the U.S. – the survey data shows many are still choosing Europe, and France specifically, as their destination of choice,” said Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko

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Key Findings

For the 8.2 percent of survey participants who’ve already traveled to Europe this year, the top European countries visited have been: (1) United Kingdom, (2) France, (3) Italy, (4) Germany, and (5) Netherlands.

For those with upcoming plans to travel to Europe – 17.1 percent of survey respondents – the top European destinations visited will be: (1) France, (2) Italy, (3) United Kingdom, (3) Germany, and (5) Spain.

When asked, “Is your intention to continue with those travel plans?” nearly all (98.3%) respondents said “Yes.”

The survey also asked participants if they are contemplating a trip (or another trip) to Europe in 2016.  Of the nearly 28 percent who said “Yes,” the top destinations they are considering include: (1) United Kingdom, (2) Italy, (3) France, (4) Germany, and (5) Ireland.

For those individuals stating they are not planning a trip to Europe between now and the end of the year, the top reasons included:

Big vacation already taken or planned for 2016 48.5%
Expenses 31.2%
Concerns over safety 25.5%
Not interested in Europe 16.4%
No vacation time 6.3%

* Participants could select as many options as appropriate. Two of the most popular “write in” responses were: “Already going or have gone to Europe” and “Been there, want to see something different.”

Taking into consideration recent events, survey participants were asked, “Are there any countries in Europe you would specifically avoid this year?” The top responses, from nearly 3,100 survey participants, were:

1 No 37.5%
2 No - I / we cannot allow feat to dictate our travels 26.6%
3 Turkey 21.0%
4 Belgium 14.4%
5 Russia 14.3%

Source: Travel Leaders Group

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