69% of Americans Will Not Travel for Christmas

Washington, DC, December 17, 2020-A recent national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) shows that nearly two-thirds (69%) of Americans will not travel for Christmas. With a new surge in COVID-19 cases, the CDC recommending that Americans do not travel over the holiday season and new stay-at-home orders in place in states across the country, the holiday season will compound the challenges already facing the hotel industry during this public health crisis.

The survey of 2,200 adults was conducted November 2 to 4, 2020 by Morning Consult on behalf of AHLA. 

Key findings of the survey include the following:

* 74% of those traveling overnight for Christmas report they will stay with a family or friend

* Only three in ten (32%) respondents have taken an overnight vacation or leisure trip since March

* Looking ahead to next year, 24% are likely to travel for spring break

* 44% say their next hotel stay for vacation or leisure travel will be a year or more from now or they have no plans to stay in a hotel

* Business travel has been even more impacted as only 8% of Americans say they have taken an overnight business trip since March

* Only 8% of all adults expect to travel for business within the next six months

* 62% of employed Americans have no plans to stay in a hotel for business