How do people in Asia-Pacific feel about travel right now? It depends on where they live

Most residents of Asia-Pacific are able to travel again.

However, some people are more confident in packing their bags than other.

According to a new survey by Booking.com, travel confidence in the region is “diverse” and “nuanced,” according to the website.

One thousand people were surveyed about their comfort and concerns, as was their willingness to accept the disruptions that have been occurring since the pandemic. 

The rankings

The survey results were published by Booking.com in its inaugural “Travel Confidence Index“, which ranked places in order from most confident to least.

The study revealed the following key findings:

No. 1: India

According to the survey Indians had the highest levels of travel confidence. Some 86% of respondents indicated plans to travel within 12 months — a number surpassed only by those in China — though trips in both countries are expected to be largely domestic.

Furthermore, 70% of respondents indicated that they would accept travel disruptions in the future, which is the highest number of respondents.

Indians have faith in their country too — 85% indicated India can safely welcome international travelers back, higher than the region’s average of 51%.

No. No. 2: Vietnam

According to the survey, the Vietnamese are also more confident about traveling again due to their confidence in Vietnam’s ability and willingness to receive travelers again (75%).

However, rising prices could be affecting our lives. The most concerned among all polled were the Vietnamese (53%).

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Nearly 90% Chinese respondents stated that they plan to travel within the next 12 months, the highest percentage of all the territories surveyed.

62% also stated that they will travel overseas “immediately” once China lifts its quarantine policies. According to the survey, 43% of those surveyed plan to travel to Japan or South Korea.

The Chinese are the least concerned with costs (20%) and the most concerned about the administrative hassles involved with planning their trip this year (46%).

No. 4: New Zealand

Nearly 80% of Kiwis believe they will travel within the next year. The survey found that the most motivating factor is to visit family (53%).

However, only 49% of Kiwi respondents said they consider leisure travel to be important during the pandemic — 5 percentage points fewer than the regional average.

No. 5. Australia

Australians are slightly less likely (72%) to travel than the Asia-Pacific average (72% against 76%) As with Kiwis, Australians are less likely to share their personal information in order to travel than the rest of the region.

According to the survey, slightly more than half of Australians felt comfortable in the idea of travel resuming (55%), and in Australia’s ability again to safely receive international travellers (53%).

No. 6: Singapore

According to the poll, 75% said they are likely travel in the next 12 months. This is slightly less than 76% regional average.

Respondents’ inability to accept travel disruptions was a major factor in Singapore’s 6th-place finish. Among those in Singapore — a nation known for organization and efficiency, especially at its top-rated Changi Airport — only 35% said they would accept travel delays and related problems, compared with 47% in the region overall, according to the poll.

No. 7: Hong Kong

Hong Kongers are less comfortable traveling again than the rest of Asia-Pacific. According to the poll, or with their own ability and ability to host international travelers. 71% however indicated that they are likely to travel within the next 12 months.

Their biggest motivator was? Escaping being “stuck at home” — some 70% cited that, the most of all polled territories, including that of Taiwan (60%) and Singapore (57%), according to the results.

This week, the Quarantine periods for entry to Hong Kong was reduced. Many residents may choose to staycation this year. According to the poll, nearly half of respondents (47%) said that they would book a staycation regardless of whether international travel is possible again.

No. 8: Thailand

Thailand receives the largest number of tourists out of all the countries in the region. That may be why some respondents expressed concern about travel restarting.

According to the poll, 39% said they are comfortable with regional border reopening (compared to 53% regionally). Even less (29%) expressed confidence in Thailand’s ability for international travelers to return safely (compared to 51% regionally).

No. 9: South Korea

South Koreans scored lower than regional averages in every confidence category but one — the likelihood of traveling in the next year.

According to the poll, around 80% said that they are likely to travel within the next 12 month. Yet, only 31% said that they would be willing to accept travel disruptions along this journey.

No. 10: Taiwan

Only 27% said they were comfortable with the region’s border reopening. Only 8% of respondents said they would continue with their travel plans if there was a Covid-19 epidemic at their destination, compared to 17% in the region.

According to the poll, Taiwanese were also more concerned about falling sick. Nearly 60% of respondents mentioned it as a concern when traveling, compared to just 22% in China.

No. No. 11: Japan

According to the poll, Japanese travelers were the least confident in Asia-Pacific this past year.

Only 18% of respondents expressed confidence in Japan’s ability again to host international travelers, while 26% were happy with the reopening of regional borders.

According to the poll, Japanese are also less accepting of travel disruptions. Only 24% said they would accept them — the lowest of all polled territories.

Source: CNBC

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