This year, Filipinos are not too incline on travelling internationally as a sudden surge of positive cases of COVID-19 recently recorded, according to a hotel booking website.
Based on the data of Agoda, from December 1 to 10 last year, there were no Top 30 international destinations searches for Filipino users, as well as last March 1 to 10 this year.
Only domestic tourist destinations were seen to be part of the searches of Filipino users. Mostly, includes destinations like Batangas, Boracay, Manila, Cebu, and Subic. The same can be said for travelers from Malaysia and Vietnam. Both have zero Top 30 international destination searches last December 2020 and March 2021.
On the other hand, travelers from Australia, South Korea, Japan, and Indonesia are more optimistic about traveling internationally. The said countries showed a higher search of Top 30 international destinations this March 2021 compared to December last year.
Furthermore, Agoda said that these countries are joining markets with China, Taiwan, and Singapore, where it showed that they have higher hopes to resume international travels.
"Agoda's search data shows that travelers are looking to resume international travel, buoyed by the implementation of the vaccine rollout, but there is more to do," Agoda CEO John Brown said.
He added, "The vaccine rollout in Asia is commencing, but the pace across the region will vary."
Furthermore, he called on the governments to "innovate how they approach re-opening of their borders, balancing the very real need for the safety of their own citizens, and visitors alike, with the economic reality."
"For the foreseeable future, quarantine remains a stumbling block to international travel, so the provision of alternative state quarantine, as launched in Thailand and Hong Kong, might prove to be a sensible solution in line with a vaccine program," Brown said. "Corporate technology partners able to move fast will be able to provide governments with support to manage the complex variables that markets face."
Source: ABS-CBN News