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For probably the most part, residents of Asia-Pacific can travel again.

But some are more confident about packing their bags than others.

Travel confidence is “diverse and nuanced” within the region, in line with a latest survey commissioned by the travel website Booking.com.

Some 11,000 people within the region were polled about their comfort levels and concerns, in addition to their willingness to tolerate the varieties of disruptions which have turn into common for the reason that pandemic began. 

The rankings

The survey results were published in Booking.com’s inaugural “Travel Confidence Index,” which ranked the places so as of most to least confident.

Key findings from the study include:

No. 1: India

Based on the survey, Indians emerged as having the best travel confidence. Some 86% of respondents indicated plans to travel inside 12 months — a number surpassed only by those in China — though trips in each countries are expected to be largely domestic.

Furthermore, 70% of respondents indicated they’d accept anticipated travel disruptions, the best of the survey.

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

No. 2: Vietnam

The Vietnamese are also confident to travel again, in line with the survey, driven by their comfort with regional borders opening again (82%) and confidence in Vietnam’s ability to receive travelers again (75%).

Rising prices could also be taking a toll, nonetheless. Of all those polled, the Vietnamese were probably the most concerned about costs (53%).

No. 3: China

Nearly 90% of Chinese respondents said they plan to travel in the subsequent yr, the best of all polled territories.

Furthermore, 62% said they plan to travel overseas “immediately” after China lifts its quarantine policy. Of those, 43% plan to go to either Japan or South Korea, in line with the survey.

Of all those polled, the Chinese are the least concerned about costs (20%) but probably the most concerned about administrative hassles involved in planning trips this yr (46%).

No. 4: Latest Zealand

Nearly 80% of Kiwis say they’re prone to travel in the subsequent yr, with the largest motivator being to go to family (53%), in line with the survey.

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

No. 5. Australia

Compared with the regional average, Australians are barely less prone to travel than others within the Asia-Pacific (72% versus 76%). Australians, in addition to Kiwis, are also much less willing to share their personal information for the aim of travel, compared with the remainder of the region.

Barely greater than half of Australians expressed comfort in the thought of travel restarting (55%) and in Australia’s ability to soundly receive international travelers again (53%), in line with the survey.

No. 6: Singapore

Some 75% of Singaporeans said they’re prone to travel in the subsequent yr, which is barely lower than the regional average of 76%, in line with the poll.

Singapore’s sixth place finish was largely influenced by respondents’ unwillingness to simply accept travel disruptions. Amongst those in Singapore — a nation known for organization and efficiency, especially at its top-rated Changi Airport — only 35% said they’d accept travel delays and related problems, compared with 47% within the region overall, in line with the poll.

No. 7: Hong Kong

Compared with the remainder of Asia-Pacific, Hong Kongers aren’t as comfortable with traveling again, or with their very own ability to receive international travelers, in line with the poll. Nevertheless, 71% said they’re prone to travel in the subsequent yr.

Their biggest motivator? Escaping being “stuck at home” — some 70% cited that, probably the most of all polled territories, including that of Taiwan (60%) and Singapore (57%), in line with the outcomes.

Quarantine periods to enter Hong Kong were reduced this week. Nevertheless, many residents may persist with staycations this yr. Nearly half (47%) said they’re prone to book a staycation even after international travel is feasible again, in line with the poll.

No. 8: Thailand

Thailand receives probably the most tourists of any country within the region, which could also be why respondents there indicated they’re somewhat nervous about travel restarting.

Only 39% said they’re comfortable with regional borders reopening (versus 53% regionally), in line with the poll. Even fewer (29%) said they’re confident in Thailand’s ability to soundly reopen to international travelers (versus 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 subsequent yr.

Some 80% said they’re prone to travel in the subsequent 12 months, in line with the poll, yet only 31% said they’re willing to simply accept travel disruptions along the way in which.

No. 10: Taiwan

Only 27% of Taiwanese respondents indicated they’re comfortable with borders reopening within the region. And if a Covid-19 outbreak occurred at their travel destination, only 8% said they’d keep on with their travel plans, compared with 17% within the region.

Taiwanese were also probably the most concerned about falling sick, in line with the poll. Nearly 60% cited it as a travel concern, compared with just 22% in China.

No. 11: Japan

Japanese travelers were found to be the least confident travelers in Asia-Pacific this yr, in line with the poll.

Only 18% expressed confidence in Japan’s ability to receive international travelers again, and 26% are comfortable with regional borders reopening.

The Japanese are also far less tolerant of travel disruptions, in line with the poll. Only 24% said they’d accept them — the bottom of all polled territories.

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