The wish list of city trips of the Dutch has been completely turned upside down by the corona crisis. London, New York, Prague and Barcelona are no longer even in the top ten.
“The top ten intended travel destinations were always quite stable, but now completely changed.” René Bego from travel publisher time to momo surveyed twenty thousand city trippers and came to this rather surprising conclusion.
“People choose completely different destinations and do so more consciously. People mainly look for it closer to home, stay in Europe and avoid mass tourism. Rather than the plane, they opt for the car or the train. Corona has really dealt a blow to uninhibited travel, it turns out,” said the director of the Rotterdam company.
It is not that Dutch consumers no longer want to travel at all. On the contrary. More than half of the respondents (57%) indicate that they already want to go on the road again this autumn to a place in Europe. Destinations outside Europe are low on the list. In addition, eighteen percent say they make plans for a holiday in their own country and eleven percent just stay at home.
The top five favorite destinations now include: 1. Berlin (4), 2. Paris (5), 3. Vienna (8), 4. Valencia (1) and 5. Rome (6).
Bego: “This caution is also reflected in the travel itself: 69% indicate that they prefer to take the car. In eighteen percent of the cases, preference is given to the train. Only just under thirteen percent of those surveyed board the plane with peace of mind.”
Whether it is a lasting change, perhaps even a disruption, remains to be seen. It is beyond dispute for the publisher that travelers question their own, usual travel behaviour.
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Source: Nieuws – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.
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