Indians Are The Most Confident to Travel Post The Pandemic
It comes as no surprise that Indians, who were among the most frequent travel groups before the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic are also the most confident and eager to resume their international adventures as soon as they are allowed to do so.
Indians topped the list as the most eager community to travel internationally with 77% people saying they are extremely keen to travel. Thais and Indonesians were second and third on the list with 70 and 60% people keen to travel internationally.
Singapore is considered the favorite destination among Indian resident travelers followed by other South East Asian destinations like Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines when it came to places they’d like to visit post-lockdown
While the excitement to travel again among Indians is high. There is still a lot of uncertainty as the ‘new normal’ in travel is still some time away.
This study was conducted by social research agency Blackbox Research, data provider Dynata and language partner Language Connect, “Unravel Travel: Fears & Possibilities in a Post Coronavirus (COVID-19) World.” It set out to understand examine sentiments, preferences, and expectations of 10,195 people across 17 countries regarding travel in a post-COVID-19 world.
A majority of the panel of experts at the World Tourism Organisation ( UNWTO) expect international tourism to only pick up in the second half of 2021.
One of the things that is expected to be the new normal is contactless travel. 76% of people who took the survey said they would prefer destinations that offer reliable contactless experiences. E-boarding passes (41%), touchless lavatories (43%), contactless transit between airport and hotels (40%). No middle seats on flights (36%) and digital health passports (35%) are some of the realities that are expected to form a crux of the ‘new normal’ in travel
Saurabh Sardana, Chief Operating Office of Blackbox Research, also explained that each country’s score reflects a balancing act between a number of considerations — the perceived importance of tourism to the country’s economy, national management of COVID-19 cases and even past experiences of similar epidemics. This is best reflected in the case of New Zealand, New Zealand’s low case achievement has led to the country’s more cautious attitude towards international travel.
“Governments will need to play a key role in messaging and ensuring travellers’ safety, as well as empowering the tourism industry through investment in new technology and innovation that would ensure a seamless, contactless travel experience that is sustainable,” Sardana added. “The first movers will cash in on the pent-up demand as borders open.”