The positive results of the Visa and PATA Asia Pacific Travel Intentions Survey has boosted the overall morale of the Asia Pacific tourism industry.
The survey, entitled, ‘Determining Travel Preferences in 2009 and beyond’ found that of the 5,554 people surveyed, 36% said they did not expect to make any changes to their travel plans in the near future.
According to a etravelblackboard.com, Australians, British, Singaporeans, Indians, French and Americans considered their holidays to be a right not a privilege and were less likely than the average respondent to let the economic crisis get in the way of their travel plans.
Out of the total respondents, 64% said that in light of the economic uncertainty they would review their travel plans. Among those respondents reviewing their plans, 57% (mainly from Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Chinese Taipei and China) said they would search for less expensive destinations or itineraries. Domestic travel was an option being considered by 38% of respondents.