By 2025, nearly 60% of Americans are unlikely to travel for Thanksgiving or Christmas. With the holiday season coming up quickly, it’s time to start planning your trip now before you’re stuck doing nothing on that turkey day.

The “portrait of american travelers” is a survey that found that nearly 60% of Americans are not likely to travel for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (8 November 2021) – While soaring COVID-19 vaccination rates have enhanced travelers’ comfort levels, most Americans are still electing to remain at home this Christmas season, according to a recent nationwide study done by Morning Consult on behalf of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).

According to the study, 29 percent of Americans plan to travel for Thanksgiving and 33 percent plan to travel for Christmas, up from 21 percent and 24 percent, respectively, in 2020. Those who do want to travel during the holidays anticipate to do it by car, but increasing gas costs may put a damper on their plans.

Morning Consult conducted the poll of 2,200 persons on behalf of AHLA from October 30 to November 1, 2021. The following are some of the most important findings:

  • Only one out of every three Americans intends to travel for Christmas (33 percent probable, 59 percent doubtful), and even fewer want to go for Thanksgiving (29 percent likely, 61 percent unlikely)
  • Thanksgiving tourists want to stay with family or friends 68 percent of the time, while 22 percent intend to stay in a hotel.
  • 66% of Christmas vacationers want to stay with family or friends, while 23% intend to stay in a hotel.
  • Because of increased gas costs, 52 percent of Americans intend to take fewer trips and 53 percent plan to take shorter journeys.
  • Based on the present condition of the epidemic, leisure travelers are considering many changes to their travel plans, including just going within driving distance (58 percent), taking fewer trips (48 percent), and taking shorter vacations (46 percent )
  • The availability of vaccinations for children ages 5-11 will make them more inclined to travel, according to 41% of parents with children under the age of 12.
  • Sixty-eight percent of Thanksgiving tourists and sixty-four percent of Christmas passengers want to drive, compared to eleven percent and fourteen percent who intend to fly, respectively.

“While immunizations have made passengers feel more at ease, increasing gas costs and ongoing pandemic fears have made many Americans wary of traveling around the holidays.” Despite a slight expected increase in holiday travel this year, hotels will continue to suffer economic consequences as a result of the pandemic, underscoring the need for targeted federal relief, such as the Save Hotel Jobs Act, to support the industry and its workforce until travel fully recovers,” said Chip Rogers, President and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Hoteliers are the only section of the hospitality and leisure business that has yet to get direct pandemic aid from Congress, despite being among the most impacted. That is why the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) and UNITE HERE, North America’s largest hospitality workers’ union, have joined forces to urge Congress to pass the bipartisan Save Hotel Jobs Act, which will provide critical support to hotels and their employees during this critical period.


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