Aussies wary of 2nd wave

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THE ma­jor­ity of Aus­tralian trav­ellers say they would can­cel their do­mes­tic travel plans if the coun­try was struck by a sec­ond wave of COVID-19, ac­cord­ing to new re­search com­piled by tech busi­ness Tol­una.

The study sug­gests that 70% of prospec­tive trav­ellers cur­rently take this view, with 56% also in­di­cat­ing they would can­cel travel to a des­ti­na­tion re­port­ing a high num­ber of COVID-19 cases.

Forced quar­an­tine was also noted as a ma­jor turnoff for do­mes­tic travel, with 56% stat­ing they would can­cel travel plans if their ar­rival des­ti­na­tion im­posed a 14-day quar­an­tine, while 44% also said they would can­cel hol­i­days if they were forced to quar­an­tine upon re­turn­ing to home to their own state.

The data also found that hy­giene in the air was high on the list of con­cerns for trav­ellers, with 65% stat­ing face masks should be manda­tory on flights, while 73% also wanted tem­per­a­ture checks to be manda­tory prior to board­ing, and 68% of Aus­tralians stated a de­sire for spaced seat­ing in the air.

When it came to mo­ti­va­tions for tak­ing a do­mes­tic trip, 79% said they wanted to sup­port the lo­cal tourism sec­tor, while 59% in­di­cated they wanted to take ad­van­tage of an­tic­i­pated travel pro­mo­tions.

De­spite the ob­vi­ous trep­i­da­tion caused by the pan­demic, en­cour­ag­ingly more than half of re­spon­dents also noted they planned on tak­ing a do­mes­tic hol­i­day at some stage this year.

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