Stats: Americans Feel Unsafe Traveling

(MMGY Global)

Most Americans feel unsafe when it comes to travel—both domestically and internationally. That’s according to MMGY Global, which just launched its new Travel Safety Barometer, a sentiment-tracking tool created for the travel and tourism industry to monitor American travelers’ perceptions of how safe it is to engage in specific travel behaviors as the country embarks on its reopening and recovery efforts.

The barometer aims to be an informational resource for both business and leisure travelers and the industry as coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to change all aspects of society, including when, where and how we feel comfortable traveling. The MMGY Global Travel Safety Barometer measures Americans’ perceptions of safety on a scale from 0 (extremely unsafe) to 100 (extremely safe). It is based on a nationally representative survey of all active travelers in the country. Barometer metrics are published for both domestic and international travel, as well as category-specific metrics for transportation, lodging, cruising, dining and entertainment.

All data from the most recent polling (May 6) is pointing to domestic leisure travel within the U.S. recovering before business and international travel. With that said, confidence isn’t very high for either market. Domestic travel safety scores low at 34 (up from 30 on April 22), while international travel earns a score of an even lower 22 (up 2 from April 22).

DAILY NEWS & DEALS NEWSLETTER

Like this story? Subscribe to Daily News & Deals!

Featuring breaking news on the latest product launches, deals, sales promotions, and executive appointments. Be sure to sign-up for this free industry daily newsletter.

As for mode of transportation, most Americans feel safest traveling by personal car (a score of 72 versus 30 for a domestic flight and 27 for train travel). Outdoor activities are perceived as safer, with going to a park (49) and going to the beach (41) as the best scoring activities. Other options included attending an outdoor sporting event (28), attending an outdoor concert/festival (26), visiting a bar/restaurant (27), visiting a theme park (23) and attending a theatrical performance or movie (23).

The cruise industry seems to face an even steeper hill, reporting just a score of 18 on the barometer. Since March 25, the rating for cruise travel has bounced between 14 and 18.

The Travel Safety Barometer survey is conducted monthly among 1,200 U.S. residents who have taken an overnight trip for either business or leisure in the past 12 months. 

Source: MMGY Travel Intelligence

Related Stories

Stats: Americans Prefer Beach Vacations and Road Trips in 2020

Brands Upgrading Hygiene Protocols to Keep Confidence of Guests

Stats: Half of Americans Won’t Fly for 60 Days After “All Clear"

What Safety Measures to Expect From Delta

Suggested Articles:

Plans call for Magic Kingdom Park and Animal Kingdom to reopen to the general public on July 11, followed by EPCOT and Hollywood Studios on July 15.

In preparation for the reopening of tourism activity in Quintana Roo, the destination launched the Mexican Caribbean Clean & Safe Check Certification.

The territory is finalizing public health and tourism protocols for the return of visitors to the destination next week. Here's what you need to know.