A new study and report by Tripadvisor, titled A Shot in The Arm for Travel? Examining the Vaccine’s Impact on Leisure Travel Demand, has revealed that urban tourism is one the rise, with nearly a third (32 per cent) of people saying they feel more comfortable travelling to a busy or built up area if they have one or more doses of their vaccination.
For those respondents in Singapore, 35 per cent said they were planning to travel to a city, more than the 22 per cent who wanted to travel somewhere outdoors last year where it was easier to social distance.
Singaporeans are keen to head to Hong Kong and Bangkok, Thailand, with searches for both of these booming in the last few weeks.
Stephen Kaufer, CEO and co-founder, Tripadvisor, Inc., said: "Higher income millennial travellers were driving the demand for leisure travel over the last few months, but heading into the summer the age demographic of travellers now booking up vacations has broadened significantly, at least in countries where large populations have been vaccinated. If ever we needed proof that vaccines are the key to long-term recovery in the tourism sector, our latest trend data provides it. Now the focus must be on governments and international organisations to ensure vaccines reach every part of the world as quickly as possible and make it as easy as possible for vaccinated tourists to travel globally once again.”