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US traveler sentiment and intentions are down but spend per trip is up from 2017

ORLANDO, FLA. – Following two record years for the travel industry, Traveler Sentiment and Intentions are beginning to taper off. Traveler Sentiment displayed a 6 point decrease from this time last year while travel intentions also displayed a 6 point decrease, according to the latest travelhorizons survey of 2,303 U.S. adults conducted by marketing services firm MMGY Global.

Traveler Sentiment and Intentions Tapering Off
The overall Traveler Sentiment Index (TSI), which measures U.S. adults’ interest in travel, time available for travel, personal finances available for travel, perceived affordability of travel, quality of service, and perceived safety of travel, currently stands at 110, down six points from this time last year (116). This decrease can be attributed to a fourteen point decrease in perceived affordability of travel (160), an eight point decrease in time available to travel (105) and six point decreases in interest in travel (97), personal finances available for travel (118) and quality of service received while traveling (113).

Six in 10 (59 percent) U.S. adults state that they plan to travel for leisure during the next six months, down significantly from last year’s 65 percent. Their intended number of trips (2.4) is unchanged from the number reported last year (2.5). When asked if they plan to spend more, less, or about the same amount on leisure travel during the next six months compared to the same six months last year, 23 percent of respondents plan to spend more on vacation while only 15 percent plan to spend less, yielding a significant positive difference (+8 points) in vacation spending intentions. With the number of trips decreasing but spend increasing, the net is an increased amount of spend per trip.

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