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Travel plans on hold? 7 out of 10 Americans unlikely to travel this holiday season, survey says

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Posted at 7:04 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 19:04:38-05

(WXYZ) — As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across the country, many people are rethinking their holiday 2020 travel plans.

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According to a new survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, 72 percent of Americans are unlikely to take a trip to celebrate Thanksgiving with loved ones and 69 percent will not likely travel for Christmas.

The survey also found that many people have hunkered down since March in terms of leisure and business. Only 32 percent of the survey respondents say they have taken an overnight vacation or leisure trip since March, and only 8 percent have reported taking an overnight business trip.

“This holiday season will be an especially difficult time for all Americans, and our industry is no exception” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, in a press release. “Fewer people will be traveling, and business travel remains nearly non-existent. That’s why it’s so important for Congress to pass a relief bill now. Millions of Americans are out of work, and thousands of small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open. We cannot afford to wait until the next Congress is sworn in for relief. They need help now.”

The American Hotel & Lodging Association notes that 2,200 adults were questioned for the national survey.

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