60% of Vietnamese anticipate restriction-free domestic travel within six months, while only 40% expect international travel to be unfettered.Agoda
[Travel Daily News Asia] Vietnamese are optimistic for tourism to take off again according to Agoda’s Welcome Back to Travel survey released with 60% of the public anticipating restriction-free domestic travel within the next six months. Meanwhile, 2 in 5 are expecting restriction-free travel within Asia, and 38% of respondents anticipate all international destinations to be restriction-free within six months.
- Females marginally more inclined to anticipate restriction-free domestic travel (63% vs 56% male)
- 35-44-year-olds are least optimistic for restriction-free travel (52%)
- For Asia travel – 40% expect to travel without restrictions within six months, with 45-54 more likely to expect this (52%) versus 38% of 25-34-year-olds
- International travel with restrictions is expected by 62% with those 55+ least likely to expect travel restrictions will still be in place in six months
In-bound travel anticipated a slower return
Almost half of the respondents don’t expect inbound travel to return for at least 12 months or until 80% of Vietnamese are vaccinated. Only 8% believe it will resume within the next three months. While countrywide most people expect in-bound to only resume 7-11 months from now (21%) those from Danang are most optimistic that inbound travel will pick up within 4-6 months, while people over 55+ are most likely to believe in-bound travel is 12+ months away.
Health measures and vaccines needed for travel confidence to resume
While Covid has delayed travel plans for the Vietnamese public, 63% of respondents expect travel providers to adhere to strict Covid protocols during their future trips. Meanwhile, 57% state they will expect travellers – including themselves – to have had at least one vaccine dose before they confidently hit the hotels, board the bus or soar the skies once again. Over a third specify that travel providers must provide flexible options for cancellation and booking changes, 30% say they would prefer contactless interaction with their travel providers, and a quarter have indicated that they plan on staying closer to home with future travel, perhaps a preference for staycations or drive-able destinations.
“Like many countries in this region, Vietnam relies heavily on tourism, so it’s great to see that with some safety protocols and measures in place, and ways to identify them like Hygiene Plus, the public is optimistic that travel will rebound, in quarters rather than years.
We are helping our partners with tech solutions to ensure that we can make it as hassle-free as possible to connect travellers with them, whenever it’s safe to travel again.” said Errol Cooke, Vice President of Partner Services.