Many Americans Opting to Stay Home For Holidays

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Despite rising vaccination rates against Covid-19, most Americans are opting to stay home this holiday season. According to a national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), only 29% of Americans are likely to travel for Thanksgiving, while 33% are likely to travel for Christmas. Of those who plan to travel over the holiday, roughly two-thirds expect to drive. However, rising gas prices may alter those plans.

Some other key findings include:

  • Of those likely to travel for Thanksgiving, only 22% plan to stay at a hotel (23% of Christmas travelers).
  • Leisure travelers are making several adjustments to their travel plans based on the current state of the pandemic, including only traveling within driving distance (58%), taking fewer trips (48%) and taking shorter trips (46%).
  • More than four in ten parents with kids under age 12 indicated that the availability of Covid-19 vaccines for kids ages 5-11 will make them more likely to travel.

(Hotel Management, 11.08.21)

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