77% of travelers want to travel in the next year, with Europe reigning as top destination, according to new traveler research commissioned by Amadeus

LONDON–()–The survey of 9,074 consumers across France, Germany, India, Spain, Russia, Singapore, the UAE, the UK, and the US shows the appetite to travel is high. At the same time, it reveals that greater clarity on restrictions and guidelines will be key to unlocking increased traveler confidence. Over a third (35%) of travelers said the current international guidelines around where and how to travel are confusing, making them less likely to book business and/or leisure travel.

At the same time, travelers are exhibiting increased openness to embrace technology and a willingness to share health data so they can start traveling again.

When asked about the receptiveness to share personal health data, the survey results show:

  • 93% of travelers would be willing to provide personal data for the effective use of digital health passports or certificates, a slight increase from 91% in February 2021
  • Almost half (48%) of business travelers would be willing to provide their health data to visit a conference or event, while 36% of leisure travelers would be willing to for an excursion or activity at destination.

When asked which technology would increase confidence to travel in the next 12 months, mobile solutions continue to be the most popular, with the top technologies including:

  • Mobile applications that provide on-trip notifications and alerts (44%)
  • Self-service check-in (41%)
  • Contactless mobile payments (e.g., Apple or Google Pay, Paypal, Venmo) (41%)
  • Automated and flexible cancellation policies (40%)

Mobile applications and contactless technology have remained top technologies across all three studies, with the addition of automated and flexible cancellation policies in this final instalment.

The research is the third in a series of traveler sentiment surveys, where Amadeus takes a regular checkpoint on traveler sentiment and concerns to help the industry rebuild travel in the most effective way. Both the 2020 Rethink Travel survey (Sept 2020) and Rebuild Travel Digital Health (Feb 2021) survey revealed how technology can help to increase traveler confidence and Amadeus revisited this question to see how traveler confidence has changed since September 2020. 97% of travelers now say that technology will increase their confidence to travel, up from 91% in February 2021 and 84% in September 2020, showing a growing sense of traveler confidence in technology.

When considering the future of travel and sustainability, the survey highlighted what solutions travelers believe might help the industry to become more sustainable long-term. The results showed:

  • Nearly half (46%) of travelers said greater availability of green modes of transport, e.g., electric planes or trains
  • A similar percentage (44%) believe making sustainable travel more cost effective would be beneficial
  • 41% say transparency around travel companies’ sustainability policies would help.

Although receptiveness to travel in the next year is high, the travel industry needs to consider how to respond to changing traveler concerns as the travel environment continues to adapt. The three main concerns travelers have, are:

  • Fears of catching COVID-19 while traveling (41%)
  • Self-isolation or quarantine before and after travel (41%)
  • Changing restrictions resulting in last minute cancellations (37%)

In comparison to the previous studies, fears of catching the virus maintain a top concern for travelers, alongside self-isolation, or quarantine.

Decius Valmorbida, President, Travel, Amadeus, says, “The travel industry still faces many challenges in light of COVID-19, but we are seeing positive steps taken as restrictions lift and developments in digital health certificates continue around the world. This research demonstrates the appetite to travel continues to grow, and that travelers are looking forward to advancements in areas such as touchless technology, digital health and sustainable travel. Now is the time to listen even more closely to travelers’ needs so we can rebuild our industry in a way that is more traveler focused, resilient and sustainable.”

Francisco Pérez-Lozao Rüter, President, Hospitality, Amadeus, comments, “This three-part series of research has highlighted the essential role that both technology and data have to play in the recovery of our industry and increasing traveler confidence. In hospitality specifically we are seeing how our hotel customers are implementing solutions that complement and streamline experiences without losing the human touch while using data to better prepare for guest demands. At Amadeus we are committed to rebuilding a better industry and working closely with our customers to provide the tools to achieve this.”

To learn more about the results of the survey, read our global report here: https://amadeus.com/en/insights/themes/rebuild-travel

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Stoughton shoots 77 for fifth Travel League victory of season | News, Sports, Jobs

RANDOLPH — Wayne Stoughton shot the low round of 77 at Cardinal Hills Golf Course to earn his fifth Wednesday Travel League victory of the season. The win was also the 10th career tour victory for Stoughton, who led both the front nine (38) and back nine (39).

Mike Wolfe finished second with an 80 while Al Etzel and Ed Tofil tied for third with 84s. In the B Flight, Tom Destro won a tiebreaker with Dave Franklin and Bob Thompson. Pat Weaver was the C Flight champion. The winner of the Bruce “Java” Chrabasz Commissioner’s Award was Bob Kujawa.

Untied birdies were recorded by: A Flight — Ed Tofil (No. 1), Dave Wallace (Nos. 4, 10), Wolfe (No. 7), Stoughton (Nos. 9, 18) and Joe Bifaro (Nos. 12, 17); B Flight — Dave Criscione (Nos. 2, 14), Franklin (Nos. 6, 18), Destro (No. 10) and Ken Kaus (No. 12); C Flight — Lenny Leszkowicz (Nos. 3, 9), John Tofil (No. 4), Pat Weaver (Nos. 5, 13, 14), Pete Pinkoski (No. 8) and Wayne Ormsby (No. 17).

Closest to the pin were Destro (No. 4), Wallace (No. 9), Etzel (No. 11) and Gary Haase (No. 18).

Top point winners were Stoughton (48), Wallace (44) and Destro (20). Season points leaders: 1. Stoughton (299), 2. Ed Tofil (227), 3. Wolfe (218), 4. Dennis Gawronski Sr. (216), 5. Mick Dunning Sr. (185), 6. Criscione (165), 7. Pinkoski (157), 8. Thompson (134), 9. John Tofil (126), 10. John Waterman (109). Milestones this week: Pete Gawron extended his own record as oldest golfer to shoot below his age with an 87. Pat Weaver was just the fourth golfer to reach 3,500 career points.

This week the league plays at Scenic Heights Golf Course in Wattsburg, Pennsylvania. The first tee time is at 9:30 a.m.

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K-State Visits (7/7) Baylor for Saturday Morning Tip-off

GAME #22
Kansas State (7-14, 2-12 Big 12) at (7/7) Baylor (18-2, 13-1 Big 12)
Saturday, February 27, 2021  |  11 a.m.  |  Ferrell Center  |  Waco, Texas


Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Play-by-Play: John Morris

Analyst: Danielle Fontenot


K-State Sports Network

Online: kstatesports.com

Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller

Analyst: Randy Peterson




Kansas State: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western ’89)

Overall: 577-328/29th season  |  At K-State: 123-93/7th season

Baylor: Kim Mulkey (Louisiana Tech ’84)

Overall: 622-103/21st season  |  At Baylor: Same

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP (based on previous game)

Kansas State (7-14, 2-12 Big 12)

G: #2 Cymone Goodrich  |  F: #12 Rachel Ranke  |  G: #24 Emilee Ebert  |  F: #43 Christianna Carr  |  C: #50 Ayoka Lee


Baylor (18-2, 13-1 Big 12)

F: #1 NaLyssa Smith  |  G: #2 DiDi Richards  |  G: #3 Trinity Oliver  |  G: #12 Moon Ursin  |  C: #25 Queen Egbo


Overall: Baylor leads, 40-9

In Waco: 1-16

Last Meeting: Feb. 7, 2021; Baylor won 64-52 (Manhattan)

Head Coach Jeff Mittie vs. Baylor: 1-22

MANHATTAN, Kansas – K-State will make its final trip to the state of Texas this season, as the Wildcats travel to Waco, Texas, to face (7/8) Baylor on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. This matchup was originally slated to be played on January 10, but COVID-19 protocols for both programs resulted in the rescheduled meeting. 

• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, as John Morris (play-by-play) and Danielle Fontenot (analyst) will have the call.

• The Wildcats have been led this season by All-America candidate and 2021 Lisa Leslie Award finalist, sophomore Ayoka Lee.

• Lee, a candidate for all four of the national player of the year awards this season, leads K-State in scoring (18.4 ppg), field goal percentage (.599), rebounds (8.3 rpg) and blocks (1.9). She leads the Big 12 and ranks eighth in the nation in field goal percentage.

Starting 5

Five names, numbers or storylines about K-State women’s basketball

1. New Seven-Season Block Mark

• K-State established a new high for blocks in a seven-year span. Since head coach Jeff Mittie‘s first season in 2014-15, the Wildcats have blocked a total of 1,025 shots. K-State has blocked 100 or more shots in six straight seasons and need two blocks to reach the century mark this season.

2. Lee in Rare Club

Ayoka Lee leads the Big 12 and ranks eighth in the nation in field goal percentage (.599) and ranks fifth in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (.816). She is the only player in the league shooting 57.5 percent or better from the field and 80.0 percent of better from the line.

3. Ranke Nearing 1K

Rachel Ranke is closing in on becoming the 43rd player in program history to reach 1,000 career points, as she needs nine points to reach the milestone. She will become the sixth player in school history with 1,000 or more career points, 300 or more career rebounds and 200 or more connections from beyond the arc.

4. High Efficiency Dishes

• The Wildcats have 320 assists (15.2 apg) and an assisted shot rate of 70.6 percent this season. According to HerHoopStats.com, K-State ranks sixth in the nation in assisted shot rate and are the highest ranked Power 5 member in the category.

5. 350th Win in Bramlage

• With its win over Texas Tech, K-State secured its 350th win in the 33-season history of Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcat women’s program owns an all-time mark in Bramlage of 350-146. K-State has won 10 or more games in Bramlage Coliseum 22 times since the building opened in the 1988-89 season. 

Number to Know


• K-State has registered a free throw percentage of 72.5 percent this season. 

• This season’s free throw percentage is fourth in school history for a single season and is the highest in the Jeff Mittie era.

• In Big 12 action, the Wildcats rank third in the league with a free throw percentage of 77.1.

• Since returning from COVID-19 protocols on January 20, K-State is shooting 78.5 percent from the foul line.

• Overall, K-State’s roster features six players shooting 70.0 percent or better from the line this season.

At a Glance: Baylor

• (7/8) Baylor (18-2, 13-1 Big 12) enters Saturday’s matchup with a 10-game winning streak, following a 70-51 win over Oklahoma State on Wednesday.

• On the sideline, Baylor is led by 21st-year head coach Kim Mulkey. In her time with the Lady Bears, Mulkey has led the program to a 622-103 (.858) record. She has led Baylor to 10 straight Big 12 regular season titles, 18 NCAA Tournament appearances and a trio of NCAA titles (2005, 2012 and 2019).

• On the floor, the Lady Bears feature four players in double figures including junior NaLyssa Smith and grad transfer Dijonai Carrington.

• Smith, a top-10 candidate for the 2021 Katrina McClain Award, is averaging a double-double with 18.0 points, on a .523 field goal percentage and 9.8 rebounds. Against the Cowgirls, Smith tallied 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.

• Carrington, the frontrunner for Big 12 Sixth Man Award, has come off the bench in 16 games this season and is second on the team with 12.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals. Against Oklahoma State, Carrington generated 12 points, 11 rebounds and three assists off the bench.

Last Time Out

at K-State 86, Texas Tech 79 (February 24, 2021; Manhattan, Kan.)

• K-State scored a season-high 86 points on Wednesday against Texas Tech.

• The Wildcats made a season-high 23 free throws, including a 19-of-21 effort in the second half.

Christianna Carr achieved her second career double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Emilee Ebert scored a career-high 19 points and added five rebounds. Rachel Ranke and Ayoka Lee also reached double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

K-State Against Ranked Opponents

• The Wildcats are 83-219 (.275) against teams ranked in the Associated Press (AP) poll including a 52-64 (.448) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan. 

• K-State is 11-43 (.204) against AP ranked opponents in head coach Jeff Mittie‘s seven seasons in Manhattan.

• The Wildcats ended an eight-game losing streak against AP ranked opponents with a 62-53 win over South Dakota State on December 10. This was K-State’s first win against a ranked non-conference opponent since defeating Drake on March 18, 2017, in the NCAA Tournament.

Cats Send Back Shots Under Mittie

• Under head coach Jeff Mittie, Kansas State has sent back 1,025 shots for 4.77 per game in the 216 games. K-State has 140 or more blocks in each of Mittie’s first six seasons.

• The 1,025 blocks in the last seven seasons are the most in a seven-season span in program history.

• This season, the Wildcats have 98 blocks (4.7 bpg) and rank third in the Big 12 and 37th in the nation for blocks per game. K-State is 20th in the nation for total blocks.

• K-State has a 2020-21 season-high of 11 blocks against Kansas. The 11 blocks are the sixth-most in a game in school history and a K-State record for blocks in a conference game. The Wildcats have blocked 10 or more shots in a game 11 times (10-1) since Mittie’s first season in 2014-15.

• K-State has blocked a shot in 60 consecutive games dating back to February 2, 2019.

• K-State has a blocked shot differential of +40 this season (98-58). Since blocks became official in 1982-83, K-State has 19 seasons with a positive blocked shot differential including a school record +73 (163-90) in the 2005-06 season.

Magic Number is 70 Points

• Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 215-25 (.896) when scoring 70 or more points in a game including a 63-11 (.851) record in the Jeff Mittie era.

• This season, the Wildcats scored a season-high 86 points against Texas Tech on February 24. The Wildcats have scored 70 or more points in five games this season.

• Kansas State scored a 2019-20 season-high 109 points against Oral Roberts on November 18. The 109 points are tied for the third most in program history and the most in the Mittie era.

• This was the 25th time K-State has scored 100 or more points in a game and the second time under Mittie. K-State owns a 25-0 record in games scoring 100 or more points.

Wildcats Solid From the Arc

• Kansas State has opened the season from beyond the arc with 131 connections on 423 attempts (.310). K-State is receiving 30.3 percent of its overall point total from beyond the arc this season.

• The Wildcats rank fifth in the Big 12 for 3-point field goals made per game (6.24).

• K-State’s percent of points from three this season (30.3) would be the second-highest in the Jeff Mittie era. Since Mittie took over in 2014-15, K-State has finished above 30.0 percent just once, in 2015-16 (31.7).

• The Wildcats made a season-high 11 3-pointers against Texas Tech on February 24. 

• Under Mittie, the Wildcats have made five or more 3-pointers in a game 150 times in 216 total games including 22 games with 10 or more connections from deep (20-2).

• In the seven seasons under Mittie, K-State has buried 1,269 three-pointers which is 5.88 per game.

Goodrich Sets Career-Bests

• Junior Cymone Goodrich has established career season-highs in the 2020-21 season.

• For the season, Goodrich has carded career season-highs in assists (53; 2.7 apg) and blocks (3).

• Against Texas Tech, Goodrich handed out a career-high nine assists with no turnovers. The nine assists were the most by a Wildcat this season and the most since Angela Harris handed out nine assists against Oral Roberts on November 18, 2019.

• Goodrich has six career games with five or more assists, including four games this season.

Ranke Approaching 1K    

• Junior Rachel Ranke is nearing a career milestone, as she needs nine points to become the 43rd player in program history to score 1,000 or more points in a career.

• When she reaches the 1,000 point mark in her career, she will become the sixth player in school history with 1,000 or more career points, 300 or more career rebounds and 200 or more connections from beyond the arc.

• Ranke owns 51 career games with 10 or more points, including seven career contests with 20 or more points.

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