The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) with help from the Association’s strategic partner TripAdvisor announced key trends among Asian tourists that will travel this year. The trends are announced at the latest TripBarometer study which is conducted by independent research firm Ipsos. According to the study, Asian travelers are planning to expand their horizons this year.
Global economic uncertainties appear to be having minimal impact upon travel budgets. The study finds that one in three travelers is planning to spend more on leisure trips this year. Although inflation contributes to rising travel costs for some, a significant number of those planning to spend more (49%) state that it’s because they and/or their family members deserve it. Thirty one percent believe that such spending is an important contribution to maintaining good health and wellbeing.
This year Baby Boomers (65 yrs+) will spend, on average, US$7,500 on travel; Generation X travelers (35-64 yrs) are budgeting US$5,000, and Millennials (18-34 yrs) will be allocating a more modest US$2,400.
The study shows that 76 percent of Asian travelers want to ‘try something new’ this year (as against 69 percent of all those questioned globally). One in four Asian travelers will go solo while 21 percent will opt for a cruise and one in five will look for adventure travel experiences.
Indonesian travelers are the biggest thrill-seekers, according to the TripBarometer study, with 30 percent planning to book an adventure travel holiday in 2016. Indian and Thai travelers (each 29%) are also set to take a more adventurous trip.
Other key trends extracted from the study:
• A rise in ‘TV tourism’ with travelers increasingly influenced by what they have seen on their TV screens
• The need to stay cool and connected has never been greater and travelers questioned placed air-conditioned rooms and in-room WI-FI at the top of their ‘must-have’ requirements. Globally, 63 percent state that aircon is essential when choosing leisure accommodation
• Travelers to South America could face increases in room rates as property owners seek to recoup investment and refurbishment costs. However, travelers will welcome the finding that only 39 percent of Asian hoteliers plan to charge more in 2016
• Accommodation owners will continue to monitor closely the comments published on websites such as TripAdvisor with 59 percent planning to invest more in online reputation management