For the most part, residents of Asia-Pacific can travel again.
But some are more confident than others about packing their bags.
Travel confidence is “diverse and nuanced” in the region, according to a new survey commissioned by travel website Booking.com.
About 11,000 people in the region were polled about their comfort levels and concerns, as well as their willingness to tolerate the kinds of disruptions that have become common since the start of the pandemic.
The results of the survey were published in Booking.com’s inaugural “Travel Confidence Index,” which ranked the locations in order of least confidence.
Key findings from the study include:
Number 1: India
According to the survey, Indians are found to have the highest travel confidence. Some 86% of respondents indicated they plan 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 would accept expected travel disruption, the highest in the survey.
Indians also trust their country — 85% indicate that India can safely welcome international travelers, higher than the region’s average of 51%.
no 2: Vietnam
With the reopening of territorial borders (82%) and confidence in Vietnam’s ability to welcome travelers back (75%), Vietnamese people are confident of traveling again, according to the survey.
However, rising prices are taking a toll. Of all those polled, Vietnamese were most concerned about costs (53%).
Number 3: Chinese
Nearly 90% of Chinese respondents said they plan to travel in the next year, the highest of all regions polled.
Furthermore, 62% said they plan to travel abroad “immediately” after China lifts its quarantine policy. 43% of them plan to go to Japan or South Korea, the survey showed.
Of all those polled, the Chinese are the least concerned about cost (20%) but the most concerned about the administrative hassles involved in planning trips this year (46%).
Number 4: New Zealand
According to the survey, almost 80% of Kiwis say they are likely to travel in the next year, with the biggest motivator being visiting family (53%).
However, only 49% of Kiwi respondents said they considered leisure travel important during the pandemic – 5 percentage points below the regional average.
No. 5. Australia
Compared to regional averages, Australians are slightly less likely to travel than others in Asia-Pacific (72% versus 76%). Australians, as well as Kiwis, are much less willing to share their personal information for travel purposes than in other regions.
According to the survey, more than half of Australians expressed relief at the idea of restarting travel (55%) and Australia’s ability to safely welcome international travelers back (53%).
Number 6: Singapore
About 75% of Singaporeans said they are likely to travel in the next year, slightly lower than the regional average of 76%, according to the survey.
Singapore’s 6th place was largely influenced by respondents’ reluctance to accept travel disruption. Among the people of Singapore – a nation known for organization and efficiency, especially here Top-Rated Changi Airport – According to the survey, only 35% of people have accepted travel delays and related problems compared to 47% overall in the region.
Number 7: Hong Kong
Compared to the rest of Asia-Pacific, Hong Kongers are not as comfortable traveling again, or to receive international travelers in their own capacity, according to the survey. Still, 71% said they would travel in the next year.
Their biggest motivator? Escaping being “stuck at home” was cited by most 70% of all polled regions, including Taiwan (60%) and Singapore (57%), according to the results.
The quarantine period for entry into Hong Kong was reduced this week. However, many residents may stick to staying this year. According to the survey, nearly half (47%) said they are likely to book a stay even after international travel is possible again.
Number 8: Thailand
Thailand receives the most tourists of any country in the region, which may be why respondents there indicated they were somewhat nervous about resuming travel.
Only 39% said they were comfortable with reopening regional borders (53% vs. regional), according to the survey. Even fewer (29%) said they were confident in Thailand’s ability to reopen safely to international travelers (vs. 51% regionally).
Number 9: South Korea
South Koreans scored below the regional average in every confidence category but one – the likelihood of traveling in the next year.
According to the survey, some 80% said they were likely to travel in the next 12 months, yet only 31% said they were willing to accept travel disruption along the way.
Number 10: Taiwan
Only 27% of Taiwanese respondents indicated they were comfortable with reopening borders to the region. And if there was an outbreak of Covid-19 in their travel destination, only 8% said they would stick to their travel plans, compared to 17% in the region.
Taiwanese were also the most concerned about getting sick, according to the survey. Nearly 60% cited this as a travel concern, compared to just 22% in China.
Number 11: Japan
According to the survey, Japanese travelers were found to be the least confident travelers in the Asia-Pacific this year.
Only 18% expressed confidence in Japan’s ability to receive international travelers again, and 26% were comfortable with reopening regional borders.
According to the survey, the Japanese are less tolerant of travel interruptions. Only 24% said they would accept it – the lowest of all regions polled.