Filipinos now prefer traveling to less crowded destinations rather than the usual mass travel after experiencing lockdown restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a study commissioned by online property rental platform Airbnb reported.
Airbnb general manager for Southeast Asia Amanpreet Bajaj revealed the results of a survey conducted in early February in collaboration with data analytics firm YouGov.
"Travelers are looking at slower, more mindful travel amidst nature. We believe that travel is resilient and will bounce back with time, and we anticipate that unique and family-friendly travel will serve as the impetus for domestic tourism recovery," he said.
In the survey, 34% of the respondents said they rather avoid staying in hotels and homestays that have been used as quarantine centers, while some of the 53% of the respondents said they would choose to travel to less crowded places now, an off-the-beaten=path destination.
The survey also revealed that 41% of respondents favor solo or small group trips, with 38% would choose destinations and activities that promote health and wellness moving forward.
Meanwhile, 64% answered that the top consideration in choosing lodging options continues to be health and safety protocols, followed by affordability (61%), having a trusted contact (29%), enough space (25%), a significant distance from crowds (23%), amenities (21%), personal touches (19%), and access to the local community (10%).
Bajaj said that "the Philippines is a significant emerging bureau for us in APAC and what we know is right now the single biggest focus for all stakeholders within the travel community is to make sure that we can start travel again."
In the recent survey, among the top domestic destinations are beaches and nature areas such as Boracay, Palawan, Baguio, Siargao Island, and Tagaytay.
Source: GMA News