Friday, July 30, 2021

Tourism demand soars in Singapore

Some 43.8% of Singaporeans surveyed in July 2021 said they would travel in the next three months, double the 20.2% when asked a month ago.

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The Finder's Travel Index survey shows that Singaporeans seem very willing to travel in the coming months. This is attributed to the high vaccination rate in Singapore, along with the government's plan to open up tourism and relax isolation for travelers who have received the Covid-19 vaccine.

According to a survey conducted in July, domestic and international tourism demand is increasing strongly in Singapore. 43.8% of Singaporeans said they plan to travel in the next 3 months, be it domestic or international. In the next 3 months, 20.5% plan to travel abroad compared to 9.6% the previous month; 33.6% plan to travel domestically compared to 12.1% in the June survey.

A Finder representative said that the spike in travel plans coincided with the launch of Singapore's "Test, Trace & Vaccinate" campaign - part of the post-pandemic recovery roadmap of  Singapore.

“We have seen a significant spike in the proportion of Singaporeans interested in travel over the past month, with the number of people planning short-term travel more than doubling from June to July. It seems that this is partly due to the government's campaign for Singapore to transition to the new normal," said Mr. Angus Kidman, leader of Finder.

Illustrated photo. Source: Reuters

Notably, Finder also surveyed in a number of other countries, such as Malaysia, the US, the UK, South Africa, Australia... The results showed that the percentage of people with travel plans remained constant or even decreased month by month, making Singapore an exception to this trend. The percentage of people planning travel in the next 3 months according to the survey in July 2021 in Australia is 14.8%, Canada is 17.6%, the UK is 26%, etc. which are all lower than the average of countries of 27%.

“Due to the new outbreaks, many trips planned for next month will not be possible, with restrictions expected to last until mid-August,” said Mr. Angus Kidman. This is just a pause and plans are put on hold until travel can resume. Overall, the increase in the number of people planning to travel suggests that the tourism industry is starting to recover. ".

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