Booking.com has revealed the results of a new travel survey that reveals just how badly Hongkongers are aching to vacation once again.
When it comes to post-pandemic priorities, 77% of Hong Kong travellers admitted they would rather go on vacation in 2021 than find true love, while 68% would pick travelling over success at work. It seems that promotion can wait.
While it has indeed been a long time since any of us have been able to jet off to our favourite vacation spots, the availability of vaccines has been a primary source of optimism for would-be travellers. 66% of Hongkongers felt hopeful about travelling in 2021 due to the vaccine rollout, and 54% state they won't travel internationally until they have been fully inoculated. Hesitation remains however, as 52% report skepticism about whether or not the vaccines will truly make travel safer.
It hasn't stopped Hongkongers from planning for, or at least dreaming about, the future. 63% of respondents stated they had already planned future trips, 57% had banked more vacation days and 55% felt that, at the very least, they would be able to hit the beach by summer.
And with or without the vaccines, 71% of Hongkongers would happily accept having to wear a mask when travelling, while 68% would even support a "no mask, no travel" ban.
"Booking.com remains optimistic that at some point in the not-so-distant future, everyone may once again be able to travel and experience the world together. As we start to see a light at the end of the tunnel, we remain committed to supporting everyone on their journey to getting back to travel, as it’s safe to do so, working together with all those in the travel industry to ensure its recovery for a better, brighter future," said Arjan Dijk, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Booking.com.