Urban Indians have a strong desire to travel; yet, health and safety concerns are the most significant obstacles

Travel restrictions remain a major barrier for customers in European economies such as the United Kingdom (62%), Germany (59%), and Norway (51%), according to the survey. As India fights the second wave of COVID-19 and prepares for a probable third wave, a new survey shows that urban Indians want to travel, but health and safety concerns are the major roadblocks.

According to the ‘International Travel and Tourism Report 2021′ by global research and analytics firm YouGov, the top barrier keeping people from travelling in India is health hazards (49%), followed by safety concerns (47%).

Since the commencement of the second wave of coronavirus in the country in March, urban Indians’ desire to travel domestically for leisure has decreased, and this trend has continued in April with the implementation of successive lockdowns and state-level restrictions to combat the virus’s spread. International travel demand remained stable, but lower than domestic travel, according to the report.

The ‘International Travel and Tourism Report 2021′ is based on a survey of 1,85,000 respondents from 25 countries between October 2020 and May 2021, with 12,424 from India. As India battled the second wave of COVID-19 while bracing for a possible third wave, the progress of vaccine programmes in other parts of the world helped to elevate the underlying demography.

Travel restrictions remain a major barrier for customers in European economies such as the United Kingdom (62%), Germany (59%), and Norway (51%), according to the survey. Domestic travel sentiment was at its peak in May 2021 in European markets such as Italy, Spain, France, and Denmark, as well as Asian countries such as Indonesia and Thailand, according to the report.

International vacations tend to be less popular than domestic vacations, with less than a fifth of consumers (18%) planning an international vacation in the next 12 months. According to the survey, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are exceptions, with respondents wanting to travel far more than consumers in other nations.

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