Summer arrived over a month ago, but with the uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have revised their travel plans. Although the coronavirus has heavily impacted the travel industry – keeping many families closer to home – summer travel trends are giving certain travel-related businesses a boost.
According to a survey by the American Hotel and Lodging Association, 44% of Americans are still planning overnight vacation or leisure travel this year. Of those, 59% expect to take it by the end of the summer. The majority – 43% plan to stay with family and friends. A low 39% plan to stay in a hotel, with 9% in a short-term rental and 5% in a camper or RV.
The current trend is in short-term rentals and RVs, which has seen a 20-30% increase over last year.