May 28, 2020

Weekly Travel Insights – 28 May

These are the insights from our 10th weekly pulse survey of over 6,000 travellers across the world, as well as key trends from key markets. 

Optimism continues to grow

Globally, travellers are more optimistic about both international and domestic travel than they’ve been in the past 10 weeks (since our pulse survey began).

Global travel:

  • 58% think it’s getting better, up from 54% last week and 52% the week before.

  • 19% think it’s getting worse, down from 21% last week and 24% the week before.
     
  • 23% think it’s staying the same, down from 26% last week and 24% the week before.

Domestic travel:

  • 61% think it’s getting better, up from 56% last week and 56% the week before.

  • 17% think it’s getting worse, down from 19% last week and 21% the week before.

  • 15% think it’s staying the same, down from 18% last week and 17% the week before.

Optimism is growing fastest in AMER and EMEA

Optimism for global travel is growing quickest in the Americas, while optimism for domestic travel is growing fastest in EMEA.

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AMER:

  • 55% think the global situation is getting better, up from 47% last week and 49% the week before.

  • 40% think the domestic situation is getting better, up from 33% last week and 33% the week before.

  • One-third of Americans are ready to travel this summer, with beaches and national parks their preferred destinations.

  • While the largest share of bookings on Skyscanner in the US are international (62%), the domestic share has increased to 38% in May (vs 30% in April).

  • Brazilian airlines have announced increased capacity for June, as domestic travel saw a WoW uplift of 39% in bookings.

  • In Canada, domestic bookings last week reached their highest volume since 16th March, representing 14.3%.

  • Across Canada, airlines, resorts and hotels are introducing new incentives to attract summer travellers. They range from reduced airfares for domestic trips and flexible ticket policies, to new cleaning measures and reconfigured seating.

EMEA:

  • 65% think the global situation is getting better, up from 59% last week and 58% the week before.

  • 74% think the domestic situation is getting better, up from 65% last week and 67% the week before.
  • As Italy and Spain announce opening their borders without the need to quarantine from 3rd June and July, respectively, we’re seeing growth in domestic travel from Italy, Spain and France, and interest in travelling within this region from the UK, Netherlands and Germany.

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APAC:

The perception of global travel has plateaued over the past few weeks, and remains below AMER and EMEA.

Perceptions of domestic travel, however, are much more positive and have been consistently higher than other regions over the past few weeks.

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  • 47% think the global situation is getting better, down from 48% last week and 45% the week before.

  • 73% think the domestic situation is getting better, the same as last week and a little higher than the week before at 70%.

  • This week saw an increase in respondents believing it’s safe to travel domestically right now – 30%. This was driven by Australia, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. In Taiwan, 72% believe it's currently safe to travel within their own country.

  • The majority of those in APAC still believe it’ll take more than six months to be able to travel internationally again.

  • India and Australia are planning to resume / increase domestic flights from the end of May / beginning of June.

  • Hong Kong and Singapore will also start to allow transit flights from 1st June with some restrictions.

  • In South Korea, domestic flight supply has resumed to its pre-Covid-19 level and OTAs are launching content to encourage domestic travel.

Next week, we'll share the latest data and insights from the past seven days on our blog, as well as keeping you updated with how we're helping travellers and the wider industry during the pandemic.

*Pulse survey based on 6,090 respondents from May 21 - 24.