REPORT: 50% OF USA TRAVELLERS PLAN TO USE SHARING ECONOMY SERVICES IN 2017
According to a report released by Allianz Global Assistance USA, the popularity of the sharing economy for summer travel booking has tripled within two years. The Allianz Travel Insurance Sharing Economy Index indicates that 50% of American travellers are likely to use services like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb compared to 36% and 17% in 2016 and 2015 respectively. The growth correlates with the uptick in familiarity with these services, with Airbnb showing 51% familiarity (up 32% from 2015) and Uber showing 73% familiarity (up 38% from 2015).
The report also elaborates on the skepticism of using sharing economy services, with only 17% of American travellers saying they are ‘’very trusting’’ of such services. The hesitation of some Americans to trust the evolving sharing economy may be the result of recent negative stories in the news. On learning of the latest reports of safety and regulation concerns relating to ride-sharing services, 1 in 3 Americans say they are now less likely to use these services in the future. Conversely, half said that this news has no impact on their decision to use ride-sharing services. Click here to download an infographic highlighting the survey’s findings.
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