For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
For information contact:
Steve Glenn, Phone: 402.458.9849
Americans plan to avoid 8 destinations in the next 12 months from fear of world events
Mexico, South America, Belgium, France, Turkey, Africa, Asia and the Middle East plan to be avoided in coming months
A new survey of travelers authored by Executive Travel last week asked, “What destinations would you avoid traveling to in the next 12 months because of negative events (including terrorism, Zika virus, political unrest, economy, etc.)? Of those surveyed over 90% said they would not travel to the Middle East (94%) or Turkey (90%). Africa (75%), South America (69%) and Asia (62%) also had high negative responses. France (50%), Belgium (50%) and Mexico (51%) rounded out the top 8 destinations who had 50% or greater travelers that indicated they would not travel to those destinations in the next 12 months. 944 travelers participated in the survey conducted the week of August 9, 2016.
Steve Glenn, CEO of Executive Travel commented, “It appears that travelers are taking the Zika virus, international terror threats and other geo-political issues very seriously as 15 of the 17 destinations listed in the survey had double digit or more respondents say they would avoid traveling to in the next 12 months.”
“Mexico stands out as having the biggest challenge economically from the survey’”, according to Glenn. “Millions of Americans travel to Mexico each year to enjoy the fun and sun. If you factor that over half of Americans now will avoid Mexico because of the Zika virus this will have a major economic impact on our neighbor to the south.” Glenn predicted that this will offer very positive benefits for consumers as the slowdown in Mexico travel will precipitate that the resorts in Mexico will most likely offer powerful discounts to entice travelers to head south of the border, which means Mexico will offer some of the best deals in history in the coming months.
According to Glenn, “Our survey points out that Hawaii is the big winner from all the unrest around the world. The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau has to be licking their chops as all those Americans who would normally visit Mexico will now be funneled into the Aloha State.”
Information about Executive Travel:
Executive Travel, founded in 1986, is one of the largest and fastest growing travel management companies in the U.S. The company has been a pioneer in online travel reservations and implementing the virtual workplace.. Inc. magazine ranked Executive Travel as the fastest growing Travel Management Company in its 33nd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Executive Travel has been on the prestigious list for three consecutive years.
Executive Travel specializes in helping companies implement comprehensive travel management programs that lower the total cost of corporate travel. Using state of the art technology combined with aggressive management systems Executive Travel has been able to enjoy strong growth throughout its 30 year history.
Executive Travel is an affiliate of BCD Travel. BCD Travel operates in more than 90 countries and is the world’s third-largest travel management company. Combining global strength with local service, BCD Travel offers an integrated technology infrastructure that provides intelligent analysis of travel data, allowing corporations to maximize the return on their travel investment.