- 70% of respondents have journey plans within the subsequent six months, with half wishing to go to one other European nation
- The vast majority of Europeans surveyed (72%) intend to journey between June and September, whereas one other 16% are eyeing autumn journey
- Quarantine necessities and sudden adjustments of guidelines stay main issues for Europeans
Summer time in sight, vaccinations, and EU COVID certificates enhance intention to journey
The speedy development of COVID-19 vaccinations in Europe coupled with the current introduction of the EU Digital COVID Certificates and the upcoming summer time season are boosting Europeans’ journey spirit. 70% of respondents are already making journey plans for the subsequent six months, up from 56% in February 2021 and likewise on the highest level since August 2020.
Over half (57%) of Europeans really feel way more optimistic about planning journeys within the coming months due to vaccination rollouts, whereas 25% are impartial and 18% stay unconvinced. Notably, in lots of circumstances, inoculation has a direct impression on journey preparations, with 54% desiring to guide a visit as soon as they’ve been vaccinated towards COVID-19.
Equally, the current EU actions to coordinate guidelines and revitalise journey throughout the bloc are already exhibiting optimistic outcomes. The introduction of the EU Digital COVID Certificates has obtained a large acceptance amongst Europeans: 57% of respondents really feel that the certificates will facilitate the planning of their subsequent journey, whereas solely 18% categorical the other opinion.
Journey inside Europe on the forefront
Europeans wanting to journey quickly are most enthused about summer time journeys: 31% plan to journey throughout June and July and 41% throughout August and September, whereas the opposite 16% intend to make a journey in autumn. The survey additionally exhibits a big rise within the curiosity for outbound journey; half of the respondents want to go to one other European nation (51%), whereas 36% favour home journeys to take pleasure in their very own international locations’ sights. Europeans travelling overseas this summer time want Southern locations, akin to Spain, Italy, France, Greece, and Portugal for his or her subsequent journey.
As for the planning standing of those journeys, 42% of “early-bird” travellers  have made some or all of their bookings for his or her subsequent getaway, 40% have chosen a vacation spot however not but made any bookings, and 19% are nonetheless deciding the place to go.
Whereas journey sentiment continues to enhance, 19% of surveyed “early-bird” travellers categorical main concern about surprising quarantine measures throughout their journeys. This as soon as once more proves that clear and coherent journey guidelines are important to spice up journey confidence throughout Europe.
Air journey stays essentially the most worrisome a part of the journey for 18% of all respondents for well being and security causes. Though it’s nonetheless essentially the most most well-liked possibility amongst Europeans with short-term journey plans, the enchantment of air journey (47%) has decreased by 11% since February 2021, whereas the choice for travelling by automotive (39%) has elevated by 23% over the identical interval.
This venture is co-funded by the European Union.
The complete abstract report is anticipated to be revealed at first of July 2021.
-  The wave options knowledge collected in Could 2021
-  Germany, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, and Austria
-  “Early-bird” travellers refers to survey respondents who’re almost certainly to journey within the subsequent 6 months/have short-term journey plans
About European Journey Fee
Established in 1948, the European Journey Fee is a singular affiliation within the journey sector, representing the Nationwide Tourism Organisations of the international locations of Europe. Its mission is to strengthen the sustainable growth of Europe as a vacationer vacation spot. Within the final a number of a long time, ETC has positioned itself on the forefront of the European tourism scene, establishing its experience and build up partnerships in areas of tourism, primarily based on promotion, market intelligence and greatest follow sharing.