More people flying

  • Asia
  • Saturday, 25 Jan 2014

Travel search engine Wego has revealed that improvements in the aviation sector will result in more frequent travel to and from Chinese-centric hubs around the world.

A travel search engine reveals its specialist market insights in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

AS the Year of the Horse approaches, travel search engine Wego has revealed the current trends influencing travel to and from several Chinese-centric hubs.

Market insights in China proved optimistic with improvements in the aviation sector.

“Flight delays in China have caused a lot of issues in the country but the government’s implementation of new policies in July last year has successfully put a stop to many problems,” said Zhao Tang, Wego China market development manager.

“Flying between China and the rest of the world will only become more and more convenient. With this new growth and legislation, China’s market will open further, allowing foreign airlines and their Chinese counterparts far more access to second-tier cities,” he added.

The additional new Chinese tourism law governing travel agencies came into effect in October last year. Zhao believes the increased fares for quality overseas tours will encourage more travellers, especially the younger generation, to undertake more trips, especially backpacking.

It was also revealed that Chinese travellers have a penchant for island/coastal resorts selecting Bali, Phuket, and Kota Kinabalu as their favourites.

As for Singapore, the country’s tourism sector should expect greater interest and visitation from the islanders to Johor.

“Johor has grown in popularity for Singaporeans, especially with the addition of a number of family-oriented attractions and theme parks such as Legoland, Hello Kitty Land as well as the shopping opportunities at the Johor Premium Outlets,” said David Lai, Wego Singapore and Malaysia market development manager.

Another place which is piquing Singaporeans’ interest is Myanmar.

“Myanmar is capturing the attention of Singaporeans, and both business and leisure travel to Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, continues to grow, beginning in earnest in 2012,” Lai revealed.

Much is changing in Taiwan’s travel industry as James Huang, Wego Taiwan and Hong Kong market development manager, pointed out.

A growing trend in younger generation Taiwanese planning and booking individual trips without the assistance of an agent has seen many jump online and appreciate the ease with which you can now make bookings through travel websites.

“Many find cheaper alternative airfares than what are sometimes offered in packaged tours,” said Huang.

He also commented on the tremendous growth in Hongkongers travelling to nearby countries such as Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.

“Hong Kong Express officially launched their LCC (low-cost carrier) service last year and with the clear trend in additional LCC growth in Asia, we can expect more frequent short-term travel to both South-East and North-East Asian destinations,” he concluded.

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