While global travel activity is gradually picking up after the Covid-19 pandemic, European interest in travelling is somewhat divided, a global study by Oliver Wyman shows.
A year and a half into the pandemic, international and domestic travel has become more frequent again, but continued health and safety concerns as well as the practical complications of restrictions related to travel still cause caution in some countries.
In a new survey conducted by global strategy and management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, a third of the nearly 5,300 respondents indicate that they feel comfortable traveling again. The study was conducted in nine countries across the world, including the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom, with those surveyed in the US and France showing most willingness to travel.
“A quarter to a third are still uncomfortable where extensive interaction with people might be involved. However, this is almost a 20% improvement from October 2020, when nearly half of all respondents were uncomfortable engaging in these activities,” said Bruce Spear, Jessica Stansbury and Bruno Despujol, all partners in Oliver Wyman.
While more than half of respondents in France were keen on travelling again, other European countries, including Germany, Spain and Italy showed significantly less interest. Out of the European countries, the United Kingdom was the lowest on the list, with only little over 10% of respondents indicating that they were comfortable being on flights and public transport again.
A surprising outlier perhaps, as the country has the highest level of immunity (80%) among the countries surveyed. Only respondents from China (8%) and Canada (9%) showed even less interest in travelling again.
“The outlook for travel is much brighter but is still being buffeted by the slow pace of vaccinations in some geographies, unease over new Covid-19 variants, and uneven government policies regarding travel restrictions,” the authors said.
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