Research by Hoo, a hotel room offers platform, has found that only 12% of respondents plan to book a holiday abroad this year, as Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc for the travel industry.
With 58.7 million of heading abroad on holiday in 2019, a 88% reduction in demand could see this figure fall to just 7m in 2021. Hoo surveyed over 2,000 people on their holiday plans for the year ahead, as well as the driving factors behind their decision.
The website asked if they currently plan to book a holiday this year, with the results showing just 12% of people plan to do so. 10% are planning one or two trips, with just 2% aiming to get away three to five times.
Perhaps predictably, Covid-19 is the driving factor behind holiday-maker concerns in 2021. 19% of people stated that having to cancel a holiday due to Covid-19 restrictions was the biggest concern, with a further 19% stating that not being able to get a refund if they did have to cancel was stopping them from booking.
Hoo Co-founder, Adrian Murdock, says: “Despite hopes of lockdowns easing in the spring, it looks as though many will refrain from making plans to travel abroad this year. In addition to the threat of Covid-19 itself, there are a whole host of other issues to consider when looking to go abroad, from testing to quarantine, cancellations and refund issues to name but a few.”