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ITB Berlin and IPK International: High travel Satisfaction in Summer

For the second time this year and with the participation of ITB Berlin, IPK International conducted a special survey on international travel behavior in times of Corona.

The evaluation of the German market revealed the following interesting results: In the summer months Germans travelled abroad more than the average. Thereby the experiences gained were significantly better than expected. Also, both travel destinations and touristic offers improved their safety image in the last four months.

Around one third of German outbound travellers went on a trip abroad during the summer months June to August despite Corona. This puts Germans well above the European average with 22 percent as well as the global average with 19 percent. Around 60 percent of Germans traveled to a neighboring country – thus, with 63 percent the car was by far the most popular mode of transport, followed by air with 25 percent and rail with 12 percent.

Asked about their experience of traveling abroad in times of Corona, 66 percent of Germans said it was ‘better than expected’.  Another 27 percent considered their trip ‘as expected’ and only seven percent were less satisfied with their trip under Corona conditions. Positive travel experiences despite COVID-19 were not only made by Germans, but also by European outbound travelers in general. However, travel satisfaction was somewhat lower among Asians and Americans.

In recent months, the pandemic has also led to certain changes in travel behavior among German outbound travellers, whether in terms of choice of transportation, accommodation or type of holiday. Interestingly, however, for the great majority ‘traveling cheaper in Corona times’ is not an option. Thus, the pandemic has no negative impact on travel budgets, at least so far.

The intention of Germans to travel abroad in the next 12 months has again increased by six percent compared to the conducted survey in June this year and is again well above the European and global average. In particular, those who stated in June that traveling abroad would not be an option, are successively returning to the circle of people willing to travel.