According to new survey research by Singapore-based Agoda, the 2020s are expected to produce three developments that will be the norm for travelers:
In a report that scatters its information at the reader, the Agoda report on its survey—it was conducted online in mid-December by YouGov Singapore PTE Limited. Total sample size was 16,383 adults, with figures weighted and are representative of adults (aged 18+) in the respective countries mentioned—one gets the sense that the UK and USA welcome and expect the new norm less than do people in Asian nations.
China Notes: Based on survey results, Agoda was able to provided us with some interesting information bytes about our largest overseas source market for inbound tourism, China, as it relates to the new decade:
—48 percent of Chinese travelers see using a mobile phone app to check into their hotel room as the norm.
—China is top five for seeing Passport-free travel as a reality.
—25 percent of Chinese tourists would like to make more eco-friendlier choices in the next ten years.
—Kyoto tops the travel wish list for Chinese travelers in the 2020s. This is followed by Shanghai (#2) and then Bangkok (#3).
—43 percent of Chinese travelers want to explore more of their own country in the coming decade, while 38 percent want to travel more internationally.
Other Info Bytes:
—Universally, people want to increase the amount of travel they undertake in the 2020s. Exploring more of their own country is cited by 40 percent of respondents globally, while international travel more often is anticipated at 35 percent.
—More than a quarter of those surveyed want to make more eco-friendly travel choices in the next decade. Travelers from Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia are most keen to make eco-friendlier choices perhaps more aware than others with the recent closure of Maya Bay in Thailand, and the Boracay rehabilitation program in Philippines, and thus travelers want to do their bit even when on holiday.
—Travelers in the 35-44 and 55-plus age groups are most likely to want to explore their own countries and territories more (40 percent and 42 percent respectively), with those from China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, The Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, the US and Vietnam choosing domestic destinations within their top three wish list destinations for the coming decade.