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61 percent of Brazilians want to travel domestic after pandemic

. Jun 25, 2020
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Brazilians seem poised to favor domestic tourism over international travel once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, according to a survey by MindMiners. Among the 500 interviewees, 61 percent indicated they would prefer to travel within Brazil before risking a trip to another country in a post-pandemic world.

The shift towards domestic destinations was already forecasted by companies in the travel sector, such as booking company CVC and hotel group Accor. CVC chief executive Leonel Andrade, in an interview to CNN Brasil Business, projected domestic tourism to become the “link to a return” to normal in the travel industry.  

Furthermore, the survey shows that 71 percent of participants canceled or postponed at least one travel plan due to the pandemic, with 93 percent canceling one or more domestic trips and 80 percent were forced to give up on international flights.

The travel industry was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, with big airline companies Latam and Azul having to resort to creative ways to weather the crisis by fusing their frequent flyer programs. As previously reported by The Brazilian Report, Brazil’s leading domestic airline Gol has seen a rise in flight demand in June, with the company now projecting a return to somewhat “normal” flight operations by the end of the year.

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Rafael Lima

Rafael is a Communication student at Wake Forest University, and a student fellow of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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