Travelport reports that the majority of Indian travellers are now ready to consider booking domestic and international trips.
There is a caveat, however. They are ready only if airlines, airports, hotels and car rental companies collectively implement ten different safety measures throughout their journey, which includes fully flexible or refundable flight tickets.
Furthermore, demand for almost every safety measure is highest in India, of the five countries surveyed by Travelport. This is according to the results of new independent research released today by Travelport, a leading technology company serving the global travel industry.
The results of the Travelport study are based on a survey of 5,000 travelers across India, the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as in-depth interviews with 29 leading travel suppliers.
The study found that at all parts of the travel journey, it was deemed critical to have social distancing rules, mandatory use of face masks, and ready access to sanitizing gel or wipes, face masks, and gloves.
The Travelport study also revealed, however, that additional measures still need to be implemented by airlines, airports, hotels, and car rental companies to fully restore consumer confidence.
The table below captures the ten separate safety measures participants of the study said they need to know have been adopted by airports, airlines, hotels and car rental companies for those travellers to consider domestic and international travel. The percentage figures represent the number of travellers that said they will not travel unless the respective safety measure is in place.
Martin Herbert, Senior Commercial Director Operators at Travelport said, “The travel industry has introduced numerous initiatives to support the safe and responsible recovery of travel over the last few months.”
He continued, “This research demonstrates just how important such measures are to ensure travellers feel safe. The industry now needs to ensure it is not only putting these measures in place consistently across the entire travel journey but also communicating them effectively to travellers across the various channels and merchandising technologies available to them.”
Derek Sadubin, Managing Director at CAPA Centre for Aviation, added, “Safety and flexibility are understandably front of mind for travellers right now. The travel industry recognizes and respects this, and what’s encouraging, is that many suppliers, such as airlines, have already implemented the measures travellers say they need to book a domestic or international trip but we still have a long way to go.”
He continued, “Collaboration and communication are now key to restoring traveller confidence and securing a strong and responsible industry recovery.”
Sandeep Dwivedi, Chief Operating Officer at InterGlobe Technology Quotient, said, ” Travellers safety and consistent communication of respective safety measures, including frequent modifications, is of utmost importance to restore confidence in travel.”
He added, ” Travelport’s latest study is a commendable step in this direction, one that will help travel agents understand ongoing procedures and identify opportunities to offer a better experience to the end traveller.”
The full results of both the quantitative and qualitative components of the research are captured in the Travelport Recovery report.
These also reveal that travellers in India are much more likely to book through a travel agent than before the COVID-19 crisis, with half (50%, compared to 33% globally) of all travellers anticipating an increase in their use of travel agent services.
Globally, this trend was particularly evident among millennials (44%). Overall, three-quarters of travellers in India (73%, compared to 65% globally) who claimed this, said it’s because they feel travel agents are best placed to provide them with the latest travel safety information
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