New research released by Euronews, is a cause for optimism for the travel industry, as seven in 10 Europeans across France, Germany, Spain and Italy (70 per cent) say they will travel either domestically (39 per cent), internationally (21 per cent) or both internationally and domestically (10 per cent) for holidays this year.
The research, conducted with 6,000 Europeans by Redfield and Wilton Strategies, examines Europeans' views on a variety of issues, including travel in the current pandemic situation.
When looking at each country surveyed -
- Almost one in four respondents in France (23%) say they intend to travel for holidays abroad this year, while 37% say they will travel domestically, 11% declare intending to travel both domestically and abroad, when 29% do not intend to travel anywhere this year.
- In Germany, 28% of respondents say they intend to travel abroad for holidays, 26% domestically, 10% both domestically and abroad, when over a third (35%) say they will not travel anywhere this year.
- In Italy, almost half of the respondents (46%) say they intend to travel domestically, 19% are set on traveling abroad, 12% intend on travelling both domestically and abroad, and only 23% say they will not travel anywhere this year.
- Like in Italy, almost of half of respondents in Spain (46%) say they intend to travel domestically, 14% have decided to travel abroad, 8% will travel both abroad and domestically, when 38% declare that they do not intend to travel anywhere this year.
The survey further shows that people in France, Germany, Spain and Italy are intent on travelling safely - four in five Europeans (80 per cent) say they would be willing to carry vaccine passports for international travel.
The research also delved into European attitudes to post-Brexit UK travel. Five years on from the Brexit referendum, more than two in five people (44 per cent) across the four European nations (Germany, France, Italy and Spain) believe that Brits should be subject to additional taxes or charges when purchasing holiday homes in the EU.
It appears however that Brexit has not deterred people from going to the UK. A majority of all respondents (63 per cent) said they were 'no more nor less likely' or 'more likely' to travel to the UK post Brexit; only 25 percent answered that they would be "less likely" to do so. An identical number (63 per cent) feel they would be "more welcome" or "no more nor less welcome" in Britain since it has left the EU, with only 24 per cent saying they would feel "less welcome".
The research was commissioned by Euronews as part of its 'Feel Connected to Europe' campaign embracing wider European and global issues and reinforcing the news channel's neutral editorial stance in an increasingly polarised news environment.
Michael Peters, Euronews CEO, says: "With this campaign, we want audiences to think critically about the news they consume, and the potential benefits of looking beyond the immediate national news agenda and embracing wider European and global issues. As Europe's leading international news media, our mission is to empower people to form their own opinion, through offering a diversity of viewpoints. Euronews' television and digital platforms provide thinking audiences with an alternative source of news and information that helps them to stay connected with Europe and the world."
The media company - which reaches 145 million people every month and is available in over 400 million homes in 160 countries, including two thirds of homes across Europe and the UK - recently expanded its digital feature-led content which complements its rolling news, broadcast in 12 language editions, including the launches of Euronews Next, Euronews Travel and Euronews Green.