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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Reigning America East Women’s Basketball Champions Announce 2021-22 Schedule


STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Stony Brook University women’s basketball head coach Ashley Langford has announced the Seawolves’ 2021-22 schedule on Wednesday morning. Stony Brook is slated to play a total of 29 regular season contests; 11 of which are non-conference matchups, followed by the 18-game America East schedule.
 
“I’m excited about our schedule and the caliber of opponents. The level of competition will prepare us for success in the America East and postseason,” said coach Langford as she discussed the 2021-22 schedule.
 
The reigning America East champions and first-year head coach Ashley Langford are set to tip-off the season on Tuesday, November 9, when they welcome Delaware State to Island Federal Arena. After the home opener, the Seawolves travel to Farmville, VA to go head-to-head with Longwood for the first time in program history.
 
Stony Brook returns to Long Island to host St. John’s out of the Big East on Sunday, November 14. The contest marks the first time since November 15, 2009, that the Seawolves and the Red Storm square off. Stony Brook continues non-conference play on Tuesday, November 16, when it heads to Piscataway, NJ to face perennial NCAA Tournament contender Rutgers out of the Big Ten.
 
Non-conference plays rolls on with road games at Iona on Saturday, November 20, and at Columbia on Wednesday, November 24. Three of the Seawolves’ final five non-conference games take place inside Island Federal Arena. Stony Brook plays host to St. Francis Brooklyn on Sunday, November 28. Following the meeting with the Terriers, the Seawolves make a trip to the Bronx to battle Fordham on Tuesday, December 2.
 
On December 7, Stony Brook begins a two-game homestand when it welcomes Marist to Island Federal Arena, followed by a meeting with Penn on Friday, December 10. Non-conference play concludes with a clash of Long Island rivals. Stony Brook heads into Nassau County to take on Hofstra in the Battle of Long Island on Tuesday, December 21.
 
America East Conference play returns to form this season and tips off on Thursday, December 30, when the Seawolves face NJIT in Newark, NJ in their first of two meetings. The teams meet again on Saturday, February 5, in the Island Federal Arena.
 
Stony Brook will play each team in the conference twice (once at home, once on the road). A rematch of the 2021 America East Championship final takes place on Sunday, January 9, when Stony Brook travels to Bangor, ME to meet Maine.
 
The Seawolves’ home regular season finale comes on Wednesday, February 23, against UMass Lowell. The 2021-22 regular season concludes on Saturday, February 26, when Stony Brook heads up to Albany to play the Great Danes.
 
The America East Tournament is set to go back to its usual format this season. The top eight teams from the regular season will qualify for the #AEPlayoffs with all games being played at the higher seed. The 2022 America East quarterfinals take place on Thursday, March 3, followed by the semifinals on Sunday, March 6. The Championship game will be played on Friday, March 11.
 
For the seventh season in a row every women’s basketball home game will broadcast on an ESPN platform. For an inside look at the Seawolves’ women’s basketball program, be sure to follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.
 





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