Intelligence Vaccine rollout renews optimism for travel By TTG Asia / Posted on 11 February, 2021 13:28 Following the global travel freeze brought on by the pandemic, people are yearning to travel again to reconnect with loved ones and to make new memories this year, revealed a new survey by IHG Hotels & Resorts. Close to 60 per cent of survey respondents said they cancelled up to four leisure and business trips last year. More than half the travellers surveyed said they have now rebooked cancelled trips or plan to rebook them, with family vacations and visiting loved ones topping travel wishlists for 2021. IHG’s survey shows renewed optimism and resolve for human connection The rollout of vaccines is igniting hope and optimism, as respondents across all age groups, ranging from 18 to 55+, said spending time with family and friends is a primary motivator for travel this year. When borders reopen, one in five respondents said they plan to make up for the lack of travel in 2020 by going on more trips in 2021. The same percentage said they hope to travel to a place on their bucket list in 2021, with that being true for one in three travellers aged 18 to 24. Younger travellers were five times as likely to say that volunteering for a community in need would be a primary motivator for travel. However, more than a third of all those surveyed, including 50 per cent of those 55 and older, said they plan to hold off travelling until the Covid-19 vaccine is more widely available.