How Top Travel Destinations Were Impacted By the Coronavirus Pandemic

Noble Horvath

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Six months ago, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, impacting travel worldwide. Data from travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, reveals how travel to top tourist destinations has been affected since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Drastic Decrease […]

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Six months ago, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, impacting travel worldwide.

Data from travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, reveals how travel to top tourist destinations has been affected since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.

Drastic Decrease in Travel to International Destinations

Prior to COVID-19, international trips made up 86% of all insured travel, but in the six months following the pandemic declaration, international trips account for only 47% of insured travel.

 

Top 10 Destinations

6 Months Prior to Pandemic Declaration

% Change in Number of Travelers

Post-Pandemic Declaration

US

+7.48%

Mexico

-75.15%

Italy

-93.89%

France

-90.78%

Canada

-74.92%

Spain

-93.16%

UK

-84.27%

The Bahamas

-83.53%

Israel

-86.55%

Costa Rica

-91.64%

Accessible Destinations Replace Europe For American Travelers

European countries accounted for half of the top ten international destinations for American travelers prior to COVID-19. However, as COVID-19 caused travel restrictions for many European destinations, the UK and France are the only European countries to remain in the top ten international destinations.

  • Accessible destinations like Mexico, Canada, and Caribbean countries now account for more than half of the top ten international destinations. 

 

Top 10 International Destinations

6 Months Prior to Pandemic Declaration

Top 10 International Destinations

6 Months Post-Pandemic Declaration

Mexico

Mexico

Italy

Canada

France

UK

Canada

The Bahamas

Spain

US Virgin Islands

UK

Turks and Caicos

The Bahamas

Israel

Israel

Jamaica

Costa Rica

France

Germany

Australia

Methodology: Data is based on travel insurance policies purchased through Squaremouth between September 12, 2019September 11, 2020, for all future travel. Statistics reflect the comparison between the six month period prior to the pandemic declaration (Sept 12, 2019March 11, 2020) to the six month period after the pandemic was declared (March 12, 2020Sept 11, 2020) unless otherwise noted.

KEY CURRENT RESOURCE:

Squaremouth.com created the Coronavirus Pandemic Current Event Center which is updated daily with available travel insurance coverage and answers to FAQs as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

ABOUT SQUAREMOUTH

SQUAREMOUTH compares travel insurance policies from every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third-party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare travel insurance policies side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.

Available Topic Expert:
Kasara Barto
kbarto@squaremouth.com

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