How Top Travel Destinations Were Impacted By the Coronavirus Pandemic

Six months ago, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, impacting travel worldwide and nothing in travel has been the same since. However given the passage of time we can now see how top travel destinations were impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Hint – a whole lot.

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.

  • The United States is the only top destination to see an increase in travelers for trips booked amidst the pandemic, all other top destinations have seen significant decreases.

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

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