Travelers are looking for new experiences to celebrate the start of 2022. Famous cities remain popular destinations, but the trend of trips to “get away” to more quirky nature or beach destinations dominates New Year’s Eve plans. Year of this year, according to data from the digital travel platform. , Agoda. Travelers choose luxury to ring in the New Year.
Top 10 travel destinations
Across Asia, well-known capital cities and vacation spots continue to dominate each market’s top New Year’s Eve destinations. In India, Goa, New Delhi and Mumbai retained their place in the top three, with New Delhi overtaking Mumbai as the second most popular travel destination, while Goa retained its pole position. The ‘French capital of India’ Pondicherry has grown in popularity this year, overtaking Chennai to reach the top 5. Data also shows that many newcomers have joined this year’s top 10 – the islands. Andaman and Nicobar (# 7), Udaipur (# 8) and Manali (# 10).
In the rest of Asia, while Bangkok has returned to Thailand’s top spot, world-class beach destinations like Bali (Indonesia), Cebu (Philippines), Pattaya (Thailand), Jeju Island (Korea) South) and Penang (Malaysia) hit the list with revelers this year taking advantage of the lifting of restrictions.
Agoda data shows that in many markets there are many newcomers to this year’s top ten, including the coastal destinations of Batam Island (Indonesia, # 10) and Kenting (Taiwan, # 10). Verdant mountains and scenic destinations like Khao Kho (Thailand, # 9), Bohol (Philippines, # 8), and Ninh Binh (Vietnam, # 10) have also grown in popularity. In Vietnam, Sapa and Dalat eliminated Hanoi from this year’s top three.
“The journey is back”
Another prevalent trend across much of Asia is in travelers taking care of themselves after intermittent closures this year. The preference for 4 to 5 star hotels grew further, with travelers from Taiwan and Thailand moving to 4 to 5 star hotels, dropping from 1 to 3.5 stars for New Years Eve this year, joining the ‘Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Vietnamese travelers who continue to choose 4 to 5 star properties to celebrate the arrival of 2022. In India, however, 1 to 3.5 star hotels remain. popular among travelers, reflecting trends in 2020.
“Travel is making a comeback, although domestic travel remains the primary source of business for Asian destinations this New Year’s Eve celebration season. Agoda data shows travelers across Asia are showing continued desire. to get out, escape and escape the restrictions and controls of the regions affected by Covid, venturing into major cities and traditional celebratory destinations. The city break is booming. Likewise, the allure of Asian beaches, stunning landscapes and the freedom of open spaces drive people to head en masse to the coast and the mountains, ”says Timothy Hughes, vice president of corporate development. , Agoda.