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IHG Hotels & Resorts Released Insights into Future Travel

For generations, travel has inspired storytelling in our favourite books and songs and fuelled the growth of cultures and civilizations. But over the last year, the world went on a different kind of journey, swapping passports for puzzles and beaches for binge-watching. Now, a new survey from IHG Hotels & Resorts reveals how much people are longing for human connection, to be with their loved ones, and to make new memories.

Close to 60 percent of survey respondents said they cancelled up to four trips (leisure and business) in 2020. More than half the travellers surveyed said they have now rebooked cancelled trips or plan to rebook them, with family holidays and visiting loved ones topping travel wish lists for this year. And while the pandemic is not over, the roll-out of vaccines is igniting hope and optimism, as respondents across all age groups, 18 to 55+, said spending time with family and friends is a primary motivator for travel this year.

When the World Opens…

  • One in five respondents said they plan to make up for the lack of travel in 2020 by going on more trips than they typically plan for when it is safe to do so.
  • One in five people overall said they hope to travel to a place on their bucket list during this year, with that being true for one in three travellers aged 18 to 24.
  • Speaking of younger travellers, this age group was five times as likely to say that volunteering for a community in need was a primary motivator for travel.
  • One in three surveyed said going to restaurants and trying new foods has the most positive impact on their holidays.
  • Over a third of all those surveyed, including 50 percent of those 55 and older, said the COVID-19 vaccine being easily and widely available is when they want to start to travel again.


Taking Care of Business

  • One in three workers globally stated the lack of business travel in 2020 demotivated them.
  • 40 percent of those who travel for business said they miss face-to-face meetings.
  • More than half of respondents said business travel allows them to ‘create meaningful relationships with colleagues, customers, and/or clients.’
  • Nearly 45 percent shared that business travel improves their working mood and makes them more motivated.

That Hotel Life

  • While on holiday, the majority of Americans said traveling with loved ones, creating new memories, and having quality time with others had the most positive impact on their mood, while most UK travellers said it was chasing sunshine and for Australians it was sightseeing. When it comes to what respondents travelling for work miss the most, one in three said it was ‘sleeping in a comfy hotel bed’ and one in four said ‘room service.’
  • One in four respondents ages 45+ said they enjoy leisure time for romance and intimacy while on holiday.