Sunday, 24 May 2020
OUT OF LOCKDOWN AND BACK ON THE ROAD
Our desire to travel abroad hasn’t been curbed despite the COVID 19 global pandemic with two in five Australians eager to take a trip overseas in the next year according to a national survey commissioned by the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF).
But domestic travel is first choice in the short term with almost two in five planning to travel within their own state in the next two months increasing to almost two thirds within the next six months.
And regardless of some state borders still being closed nearly one in five expect to travel interstate in the next two months jumping to almost five in 10 within six months.
The first in a series of surveys conducted by Newgate Research for TTF explores the travel intentions of Australians in the next 6 months as COVID 19 restrictions are gradually lifted.
TTF CEO Margy Osmond said the results of the national survey of 1,500 people show that Australians are keen to travel again once restrictions are eased and although most plan to travel within Australia in the short-term international travel was still on their agenda
“While international travel isn’t likely to open up again until well into 2020 to a certain extent Australian’s are optimistic about being able to satisfy their affinity for travelling the globe.
“Not surprisingly New Zealand tops the list of countries people would like to visit and they consider it no more risky than travelling interstate.
“This is a strong endorsement of plans for a Trans Tasman bubble allowing travel between the two countries and we would be expecting that to commence as early as September.
“Domestic travel however remains the choice of most Aussies as they crave relaxation and time spent away from home.
“Everyone has been bunkered down since the middle of March and with the curve now flattened and restrictions being gradually lifted Australians are keen to get back on the road.
“Visiting family and friends was the most popular reason for travelling (32 per cent) showing how much the isolation has made people yearn for the company of their loved ones with relaxation next best (19 per cent).