Trip Planning Preferences
According to the IMWF, Turkey's tourism industry will be able to recover the fastest after the COVID-19 pandemic is over, mainly because of its extensive efforts to ensure the safety of its visitors. Other popular destinations Americans would most likely include visiting the Caribbean islands and popular national parks like the Grand Canyon as they would most likely not feel comfortable enough to commit to long-distance trips.
- Turkey is one of the most-visited countries in the world because of its rich historic legacy, cultural diversity, and beautiful scenery.
- Ankara, Edirne, Istanbul, and Antalya are some of its most visited cities, with Antalya being the most-visited Mediterranean coastal city in the country.
- According to a survey by International MICE and Wedding Forum (IMWF), Turkey's tourism industry will achieve the fastest recovery than any other country in the world.
- Turkey plans to reopen its borders for tourists on May 28th, with international flights from a majority of countries to be launched by mid-June.
- To make it a success, the Turkish Ministry has started a special healthy tourism certification program that will require all hotels and travel destination to pass several measures to ensure the safety of their visitors.
- Moreover, Turkish Airlines also ranked among the five airline carriers in the world that will achieve the fastest recovery.
- While destinations by plane are not expected to recover as fast as domestic travel, some experts believe that leaving home and country behind will still be an option for US travelers, especially with closer destinations like the Caribbean islands.
- The Caribbean islands are a relatively cheap destination for US citizens that offers beautiful beaches and the opportunity to properly relax after the pandemic. They are also not very far away from the US, which provides even more incentives for travelers.
- The online travel insurance comparison site, InsureMyTrip, has found that the Caribbean islands, like Bermuda and the Bahamas, are garnering some interest from US tourists, with most of them stating that going to the beach was their primary reason for the destination.
- Moreover, Tourism Review News has noted that micro-holidays, which are smaller holidays that are closer to home, will drive the demand for travel after the pandemic is over.
- Travel + Leisure has also mentioned it as a recommended destination for travelers after the pandemic.
The Grand Canyon
- The Grand Canyon is one of the most visited US national parks.
- On May 16, 2020, the national park opened its doors for the first time since April 1 and plans to offer extended visits for the Memorial Day weekend.
- In fact, the national park saw many visitors in the first few days after it reopened, which indicates that US travelers are eager to leave home behind and see the beauty of the canyon.
- One of the main reasons why people would choose the Grand Canyon over another destination is the fact that they would still not be comfortable traveling long-distance.
- As several experts have noted, the majority of travel in the months following the COVID-19 pandemic would see the majority of people travelling by car, which means that domestic iconic destinations will be preferred over international travel.
In order to determine some of the most popular destinations for post-COVID-19 travel plans, we leveraged industry reports and news articles as well as surveys from governing bodies responsible for compiling tourism information like the IMWF. We found that Americans would most likely not prefer long-distance travels, which was further confirmed by several publications that stated that most US citizens would opt for domestic travel rather than international trips. Another report by CN Traveler noted that national parks in the US will most likely become popular destinations after the pandemic. As the Grand Canyon had recently opened, we decided to include it as it's one of the most iconic destinations in the US. We also included the Caribbean islands as several reports noted that there was an increased interest towards them due to the proximity and relatively cheap prices. Turkey was included because the IMWF nominated it as the country that will most likely recover the fastest after the pandemic due to its extensive health-related measures it has been taking to ensure the safety of its visitors.