For the most part, residents of Asia-Pacific can travel again.
But some are more confident about packing their bags than others.
Travel confidence in the region is “diverse and nuanced”, according to a new survey commissioned by travel website Booking.com.
About 11,000 people in the region were surveyed about their comfort level and anxiety, as well as their willingness to tolerate the kinds of disruptions that have become common since the pandemic began.
The results of the survey were published in Booking.com’s inaugural “Travel Confidence Index”, which ranked destinations in order of least confidence.
Key findings from the study include:
Number 1: India
According to the survey, Indians are seen as having the most travel confidence. Some 86% of respondents indicated plans to travel within 12 months – a figure surpassed only by those in China – although trips to both countries are expected to be largely domestic.
Furthermore, 70% of respondents indicated they accept the projected travel disruptions, the survey’s highest.
Indians also have confidence in their country – 85% indicated that India can safely welcome international travelers, higher than the region’s average of 51%.
no 2: Vietnam
Vietnamese are also confident to travel again, according to the survey, driven by their comfort with regional borders reopening (82%) and confidence in Vietnam’s ability to receive travelers again (75%).
However, rising prices can take a toll. Of all those surveyed, Vietnamese were most concerned about cost (53%).
Number 3: Chinese
Nearly 90% of Chinese respondents said they plan to travel in the next year, the highest of all surveyed regions.
Furthermore, 62% said they plan to travel abroad “immediately” after China lifts its quarantine policy. Of those, 43% plan to go to Japan or South Korea, according to the survey.
Across all those surveyed, Chinese are least concerned about cost (20%) but most concerned about the administrative hassles involved in planning this year’s travel (46%).
Number 4: New Zealand
Around 80% of Kiwis say they are likely to travel in the next year, with the biggest motivation being visiting family (53%), according to the survey.
However, only 49% of Kiwi respondents said they consider leisure travel important during the pandemic – 5 percentage points below the regional average.
No. 5. Australia
Compared to regional averages, Australians are slightly more likely to travel to the Asia-Pacific (72% vs 76%) than others. Australians, as well as Kiwis, are much less willing to share their personal information for travel purposes, compared to the rest of the region.
More than half of Australians expressed comfort with the idea of resuming travel (55%) and Australia’s ability to safely welcome international travelers (53%), according to the survey.
Number 6: Singapore
Some 75% of Singaporeans said they were likely to travel in the next year, slightly below the regional average of 76%, according to the survey.
Singapore’s sixth-place finish was largely influenced by respondents’ unwillingness to accept travel constraints. 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 to 47% in the region, according to the survey.
Number 7: Hong Kong
Compared to the rest of the Asia-Pacific, Hong Kongers are again less comfortable traveling, Or according to Poll, with its own ability to receive international travelers. However, 71% said they were likely to travel in the next year.
Their biggest motivator? Running away from being “stuck at home” – some 70% cited that, according to the results across all polling areas, including Taiwan (60%) and Singapore (57%).
The quarantine period for entering Hong Kong was reduced this week. However, many residents will be sticking to their living quarters this year. Nearly half (47%) said they are likely to book a staycation even after international travel is possible again, according to the survey.
Number 8: Thailand
Thailand receives the most tourists of any country in the region, so respondents there indicated they were somewhat nervous about resuming travel.
Only 39% said they were comfortable with reopening regional borders (53% regionally), according to the poll. Even fewer (29%) said they were confident in Thailand’s ability to safely reopen to international travelers (versus 51% regionally).
Number 9: South Korea
South Koreans scored below the regional average in every confidence category but one – the likelihood of traveling next year.
Some 80% said they would travel in the next 12 months, according to the survey, but only 31% said they were willing to accept travel disruptions along the way.
Number 10: Taiwan
Only 27% of Taiwanese respondents indicated that they were comfortable with reopening borders in the region. And if there was a Covid-19 outbreak at their travel destination, only 8% said they would stick to their travel plans, compared to 17% in the region.
Taiwanese were also the most worried about getting sick, according to the survey. About 60% cited this as a travel concern, compared to just 22% in China.
Number 11: Japan
Japanese travelers are the least confident travelers in the Asia-Pacific this year, according to a survey.
Only 18% expressed confidence in Japan’s ability to receive international travelers again, and 26% were comfortable with reopening regional borders.
The Japanese are also much less tolerant of travel disruptions, according to the survey. Only 24% said they would accept them – the lowest of all polling areas.