Travelport Study: Majority of travellers in India ready to consider domestic and international travel but only with proper safety measures in place

Travelport Study: Majority of travellers in India ready to consider domestic and international travel but only with proper safety measures in place

A recent research shows that communication of travel safety measures is key to regaining traveller confidence and that Indian travellers are amongst the most safety-conscious in the world.

According to the results of a new independent research recently released by Travelport, the majority of travellers in India are now ready to consider booking domestic and international trips, but only if airlines, airports, hotels and car rental companies collectively implement ten different safety measures throughout their journey. These measures include the option of fully flexible or refundable flight tickets. The study also shows that of the five countries surveyed demand for almost every safety measure is highest in India. Furthermore, it shows that travellers in India are now much more likely to book through a travel agent than before the COVID-19 crisis, with half (50%, compared to 33% globally) of all travellers anticipating an increase in their use of travel agent services. Globally, this trend was particularly evident among millennials (44%). Overall, three-quarters of travellers in India (73%, compared to 65% globally) who claimed this, said it is because they feel travel agents are best placed to provide them with the latest travel safety information.

The results of the study are based on a survey of 5,000 travellers across India, United Kingdom, U.S.A, Australia and New Zealand (1,000 per country), as well as in-depth interviews with 29 leading travel suppliers. The study found that at all parts of the travel journey, it was deemed critical to have social distancing rules, mandatory use of face masks, and ready access to sanitizing gel or wipes, face masks and gloves. The study also revealed, however, that additional measures still need to be implemented by airlines, airports, hotels and car rental companies to fully restore consumer confidence. 

The table below captures the ten separate safety measures participants of the study said they need to know have been adopted by airports, airlines, hotels and car rental companies for them to consider domestic and international travel. The percentage figures represent the number of travellers that said they will not travel unless the respective safety measure is in place.  

 The full results of both the quantitative and qualitative components of the research are captured in the Travelport Recovery report. 

In regard to the study, Martin Herbert, Senior Commercial Director – Operators at Travelport, said, “The travel industry has introduced numerous initiatives to support a safe and responsible recovery of travel over the last few months. This research demonstrates just how important such measures are to ensure travellers feel safe. The industry now needs to ensure it is not only putting these measures in place consistently across the entire travel journey but also communicating them effectively to travellers across the various channels and merchandising technologies available to them.” 

 Derek Sadubin, Managing Director at CAPA – Centre for Aviation, added that “Safety and flexibility are understandably in front of mind for travellers right now. The travel industry recognizes and respects this, and what is encouraging is that many suppliers such as airlines have already implemented the measures travellers say they need to book a domestic or international trip but we still have a long way to go. Collaboration and communication are now key to restoring traveller confidence and securing a strong and responsible industry recovery.” 

Further reiterating the importance of traveller safety, Sandeep Dwivedi, Chief Operating Officer at InterGlobe Technology Quotient, said that “Travellers’ safety and consistent communication of respective safety measures, including frequent modifications, is of utmost importance to restore confidence in travel. Travelport’s latest study will help travel agents understand ongoing procedures and identify opportunities to offer a better experience to the end traveller.” 

About The Researchers

Headquartered in the U.K, Travelport is a leading technology company serving the global travel industry with representation in approximately 180 countries and territories. It operates a travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry. The company’s Indian arm is operated by InterGlobe Technology Quotient (ITQ), a strategic business unit of InterGlobe Enterprises.


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