Poll Finds Many North Carolinians Still Wary Of Summer Travel

Poll Finds Many North Carolinians Still Wary Of Summer Travel

4:32pm Apr 07, 2021
A High Point University poll shows that not all North Carolinians are ready to get back to pre-pandemic vacationing. In this photo, a hydrologic technician installs a storm tide sensor on the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier in Carolina Beach, N.C. (USGS via AP)

The kickoff to the summer travel season is less than two months away. But a new High Point University poll shows many North Carolinians aren’t yet ready to get back to pre-pandemic vacationing.

The poll asked residents about whether the availability of COVID-19 vaccines would make them more likely to travel this summer. A third of respondents said it would, but about the same number said they’d venture out at the same level as last year. 

Another 28 percent said they planned to travel less.

More of those polled said they would travel outside of the state than visit somewhere in North Carolina, while fewer than 10 percent said they planned to travel internationally.  

Last year, the state lost nearly $7 billion in travel spending between March and August, according to estimates from the development organization Visit North Carolina. 

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