DestinationsTravellers are looking at staycations or short getaways between two to five days, with a focus on relaxation and nature trips

Singapore leads the pack in domestic travel recovery

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Sentosa is seeing a boost in local visitorship as the SingapoRediscovers campaign entices locals to become tourists at home.
Sentosa is seeing a boost in local visitorship as the SingapoRediscovers campaign entices locals to become tourists at home. Photo Credit: Getty Images

With international travel off limits for now, travel-savvy Singaporeans have quickly turned their attention to staycations in the city and the surge domestic bookings is driving recovery of Singapore's hotel sector.

In Tripadvisor’s latest survey findings for travel in Fall season, Singapore is one of three fastest-recovering Asia Pacific destinations, with travellers favouring staycations or short getaways between two to five days, and a focus on relaxation and nature trips.

Top push factors for Singaporeans to book their next trip: making memories with family and friends, relaxation and enjoying nature. The numbers show – 45% of Singaporean travellers are more likely to consider outdoor or nature trips, while 37% are more likely to consider road trips now, compared to before the pandemic.

Aligning with an earlier white paper published in May, the trend for off-the-beaten-path destinations continue to be favoured over urban destinations.

Within Asia Pacific, beach and outdoor destinations are on the quickest route to recovery, led by Singapore (including Sentosa Island), Broome and Bandung.

Globally, domestic travel for the fall season (September 1 - November 30, 2020) also continues to gradually recover, with nearly two-thirds (65%) of all travellers planning domestic fall getaways.

In general, more than half of respondents surveyed (55%) indicated their preference for short getaways between two to five nights, and are open to booking near-term trips with less than a week’s notice in advance.

Not surprisingly, safety remains a top priority – 68% of global travellers put safety and cleanliness of establishments a key factor when travelling locally. To this end, luxurious resorts and all-inclusive properties are naturally getting higher footfall, although outdoor accommodations such as campgrounds and farmhouses are also increasingly popular.

The survey spanned 1,447 respondents in the US, UK, Italy, Australia, Japan and Singapore, and tapped on travel trends on Tripadvisor’s hotel search and booking data for stays between September 1 to November 30, 2020.

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