Who Will Be The First International Travellers To Start Flying Out?
Avid travellers around the globe are dying to know when it will be possible to cross the globe again. Top tourist destinations are empty of foreign visitors; Paris, in particular, is feeling the loss of its regular visitors from Asia. Will the Covid-19 pandemic reshape travelling habits?
A glance at the Agoda study provides a glimpse of what the future may hold. Roughly 51 per cent of Taiwanese travellers say they are ready to travel internationally again, as are 45 per cent of South Koreans and 43 per cent of Saudi Arabians.
Overall, 65 per cent of the travellers surveyed stated a preference for travelling domestically in the coming 12 months, meaning that only 35 per cent felt ready to travel internationally. Australians, for example, listed planned destinations in Southeast Asia, Eastern Asia and Europe.
Nevertheless, even the participants willing to travel internationally won't be travelling to the ends of the earth just yet. Nearly half (46 per cent) said they would not like to travel by air for more than three or four hours at present.
'Staycations': which domestic destinations are the most popular?
With holiday-goers the world over choosing to take vacations within the borders of their own country, which are the most popular destinations among a country's own citizens?
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Indonesians stated a preference for Bali while Thais indicated their preferences for the authenticity of Chiang Mai and the gorgeous beaches of Phuket and Hua Hin. Australians have a vast territory of options: Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast (the east coast around Brisbane) are their preferred spots. Vietnamese participants chose Da Nang, Dalat and Nha Trang for their tourism plans.
Finally, Americans noted plans to visit New York, Orlando and Los Angeles.
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