|by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||Safety and Security||0|
U.S. travelers are planning vacations closer to home in 2017 and are more concerned about travel safety and security, according to a newly published survey from Travelzoo.
Travelzoo has more than 28 million members and provides insider travel deals reviewed by their experts, including Budget Travel’s “Deal of the Day” series. The company conducted its Spring 2017 Travel Trends Survey in early January via online questionnaire, and the results are based on more than 1,000 member responses.
Exploring America. Domestic U.S. travel is a 2017 priority for 60 percent of U.S. travelers surveyed; terrorism, anti-American sentiment, and political unrest were the top reasons cited for limiting travel plans to the U.S. (The Zikas virus ranked quite low among surveyed travelers’ concerns
Safety concerns. More than half of those surveyed said they were more reluctant to travel overseas since the November election. (Nearly half went so far as to say that they were more reluctant to travel even to some parts of the U.S. since the election.) And while 50 percent acknowledged that the strong dollar made travel overseas desirable, affordability was not the highest priority: 72 percent said they would be willing to pay more if it ensured more safety and security. Travelers consider New York City one of the safest cities, along with London and Rome. Istanbul, Jerusalem, and Cairo are considered less secure.
Planning ahead. Most travelers are booking their 2017 travel between now and April, hoping that planning ahead will get them good deals. More than half of their 2017 trips will happen between May and July, with beach vacations in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina topping the list of summer destinations.
Potential bargains. With more American travelers staying closer to home in 2017, “This could be an opportunity for those going abroad - a strong dollar and the need for travel companies to spur demand may create some of the strongest deals we’ve seen in years,” said Michael Stitt, Travelzoo’s President of North America.