Covid reshuffles Israelis’ vacation priorities
Israeli vacation priorities survey conducted by global online travel agency Agoda in conjunction with Geocartagraphia found that in the age of Covid, price is still the number one priority for more Israelis than any other factor.
But while 18% responded that price was the most important factor, this is only a fraction of the number of people who would normally choose price as the most important priority.
17% of those surveyed said the top priority was flexibility to cancel until the last minute, given frequent changes in instructions and restrictions due to the virus. 16.3% said hygiene issues were the most important, including cleanliness and other related conditions in hotels and the level of staff vaccinated.
16% said that the most important factor, if you are traveling abroad, is not being isolated when you return to Israel. For this reason, Vienna, Budapest and Prague are particularly popular with Israelis at this time, as there is no obligation to self-isolate after returning from Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary, which are among the very rare “green” countries at the moment.
15.3% of Israelis said they would prefer a destination that only allowed people vaccinated and / or cured of Covid and 13% said it was very important that there was no obligation to isolate themselves when entering their country of destination. 5% said that the instructions in the destination country, probably the wearing of masks, were the most important factor.
In general, young Israelis (18-34 years old) were more concerned about the price while older respondents (55 years and older) were more concerned about the health aspects of vacations.
In terms of the type of vacation, 43% of Israelis said they would rather spend their vacation at home than abroad (the high occupancy rate in Eilat despite the high prices testifies to this). 18% said it was important that their vacation was in the countryside, 14% at the beach and only 11.3% said their next vacation would be abroad and only 10% wanted to travel to a “new place” “or” unexpected “. 5% wanted an active vacation (hiking, water sports, etc.).
When asked what they lack most, 36% of Israelis responded to the spontaneity of booking last minute vacations, even though most people today are leaving late to book vacations due to restrictions in constant evolution.
Agoda COO Omri Morgenstern said: “The way we prefer to travel is different from in the past and the survey data shows it. We were happy to see that Israelis, like the rest of the vacationers around the world, are now finding it. important to be safe and that the place that accommodates them respects the strictest hygiene standards – disinfection of rooms and public areas and attention to admit only guests with vaccination certificates. In addition, we have found that vacationers now only book trips if they are sure they can cancel the deal if they need to, and we are aware of those sensitivities. “
The online survey covered 504 people aged 18 and over, who constitute a representative sample of the country, and was conducted in early August.
Posted by Globes, Israel business news en.globes.co.il – August 22, 2021
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