Showing just how severely business travel has been affected by the pandemic, just 8 percent of Americans report that they have taken an overnight business trip since March, according to a new American Hotel & Lodging Association survey, and only 8 percent expect to travel for business within the next six months.
Further, 62 percent of employed Americans have no plans to stay in a hotel for business, according to the national survey of 2,200 adults conducted Nov. 2-4.
The numbers for leisure travel are better, but still not encouraging. More than two-thirds of Americans (69 percent) will not travel for Christmas, and 74 percent of those who will travel overnight for the holiday report they will stay with family or friends. About three in 10 (32 percent) report having taken an overnight vacation or leisure trip since March, and 24 percent are likely to travel for spring break. More than two-fifths (44 percent) say their next hotel stay for vacation or leisure travel will be a year or more from now, or that they have no plans to stay in a hotel.
The association continues to lobby for additional relief from the U.S. Congress as, according to AHLA, 71 percent of hotels will not last another six months without immediate assistance.
“We understand the importance of following [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and support the government’s actions,” said AHLA president and CEO Chip Rogers in a statement. “However, with the dramatic decline in travel, hotels will face a harsh winter through no fault of our own. The industry needs aid to survive until travel demand returns. Millions of American are out of work, and thousands of small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open.”