Allianz Partners recently released the results of its first-ever International Vacation Confidence Index. The survey finds that, despite COVID concerns, a majority of travelers interviewed in Europe and the United States plan to travel this winter.
Travelers in Spain (78 percent), Italy (77 percent) and the United States (68 percent) expressed the highest level of intentions to travel. The French (51 percent) were the least likely to make winter travel plans, with the Germans (57 percent) and Dutch (59 percent) just behind. However, the Dutch (31 percent) and Swiss (38 percent) have the highest rate of foreign travel plans. Italians (65 percent), Spaniards (63 percent), Americans (57 percent) and the French (42 percent) plan to travel within their own country, instead of internationally, this winter. Overall, more than half of total respondents plan to travel somewhere this winter.
Americans are set to spend the most on a winter vacation, with an average budget of $3,382. Italians have the lowest winter travel budget of $864. Across all of those surveyed, three reasons for not traveling were identified: A winter vacation isn’t important, travelers want to save money and ongoing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic. Thirty percent of German respondents cited COVID concerns as the main reason for not traveling this winter. Vaccination is a top travel precaution taken by all, with Austrians ranking highest.
The study is based on a sample of data from more than 9,000 people in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and the United States.
For more information about methodology and a full listing of the results, visit the website.
Montage Los Cabos partners with Chef Mauro Colagreco of the award-winning Mirazur restaurant in France on an exclusive Mirazur Beyond Borders experience. Chef Mauro will take up residency at the resort for the dinner series, Feb. 9–18. The unique dining experience highlights the rich culinary traditions of Mexico, ingredients from the Baja Peninsula and sustainable cooking techniques. The dinner experience starts at $550 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $160. Book reservations here.
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