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COVID-19 weakens summer travel, first decline in 11 years

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 16:41:11-04

AAA forecasts Americans will take 700 million trips based on economic indicators and state re-openings. That number is down nearly 15% compared to last July through September and is the first decline in summer travel since 2009.

Car trips reign supreme accounting for 97% of the favored mode of transportation.

Road trips will also see the smallest decrease in travel volume of just 3% year-over-year. Air travel will be off by about 74%, while rail, cruise ship and bus travel will slide by 86%.

By this analysis, the pandemic wiped out nearly 150 million person-trips this summer.

Air travel has been slower to rebound. The share of travelers making plans 48 hours to 7 days before departure – a sign that people are arranging last-minute trips – is significantly higher than normal.

Las Vegas still ranks number 1 when it comes to top destinations. Data shows that when top destinations, including Las Vegas, Orlando and NYC, were shut-down earlier in the year, bookings shifted to smaller destinations.

As those top destinations begin to open, they are once again the top hotel destinations, though advance bookings in general are nearly 25% shorter than this time last year.