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Tuesday, April 20 2021 - 06:00
AsiaNet
Booking.com research explores Australian traveller optimism
SYDNEY, April 20, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The impact COVID-19 has had on our lives has made the past year one of the 
hardest. New research from Booking.com reveals our appetite to explore the 
world remains undiminished. 

The research by Booking.com uncovers what Aussie travellers feel most hopeful 
about, where travel lies in their priorities and what support they believe the 
travel industry needs to get back on its feet.

Travel wins in post pandemic priorities
Despite feeling mostly optimistic, Australian travellers acknowledge that not 
being able to travel in 2020 like they did previously has had a significant 
effect on their well-being, with 47% reporting a negative impact on their 
mental health. 

When asked which they'd rather experience this year, travel tops other 
priorities with almost three quarters (72%) of Aussies prefering to go on a 
holiday than to find true love or success at work, preferring to go on holiday 
than get promoted.

Travellers' optimism returns as vaccines fuel hope 
Despite knowing the pandemic finish line hasn't been reached just yet, two 
thirds of Australian travellers (67%) feel more hopeful about traveling in 2021 
due to the unwavering commitment of the scientific and medical communities and 
the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines. 

Travellers willing to put in the effort for a common goal 
To help travellers prepare for overseas travel again safely, Aussies are 
willing to roll up their sleeves, with two-thirds (67%) of travellers willing 
to accept only being able to travel if they could prove they have been 
vaccinated. Meanwhile 69% would accept having to wear a face mask when 
traveling, with 64% going as far as supporting a 'no mask no travel' ban 
(unless exempt).

Luke Wilson, Area Manager Australia at Booking.com, says the opening of the 
trans-Tasman bubble is evidence of the collective positive attitude Aussies 
displayed in uniting against COVID-19 and is a promising first step to resuming 
international travel. 

"With the opening of the trans-Tasman bubble, Booking.com remains ever more 
optimistic that at some point in the not-so-distant future, everyone may once 
again be able to travel and experience the world together. 

It's our mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, when 
the time is right to discover the places, cultures and experiences we've all 
been dreaming of, we will make sure you can find them on Booking.com."
 
CONTACT DETAILS
For further information, contact the Booking.com Australia Press Office team; 
bookingau@redhavas.com 

METHODOLOGY
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and conducted among a sample of adults 
who are planning to travel in the next 12 months. In total 28,042 respondents 
across 28 countries and territories were polled (including 1003 from Argentina, 
1002 from Australia, 1000 from Brazil, 1001 from Canada, 1000 from China, 1002 
from Colombia, 1001 from Croatia, 1003 from Denmark,  1002 from France, 1005 
from Germany, 1004 from Hong Kong, 1000 from India, 1002 from Israel, 1000 from 
Italy, 1000 from Japan, 1002 from Mexico, 1000 from Netherlands, 1000 from New 
Zealand, 1003 from Russia, 1000 from Singapore, 1003 from South Korea, 1005 
from Spain, 1001 from Sweden, 1000 from Taiwan, 1003 from Thailand, 1000 from 
UK, 1000 from USA and 1000 from Vietnam). Respondents completed an online 
survey in January 2021.

**Research commissioned by Booking.com and conducted among a sample of 
Booking.com accommodation partners. In total 3,491 respondents across 20 
countries and territories were polled (including 86 in Australia, 85 in 
Austria, 177 in Brazil, 12 in China, 212 in Croatia, 395 in France, 296 in 
Germany, 136 in Greece, 109 in India, 69 in Indonesia, 492 in Italy, 79 in 
Japan, 55 in Mexico, 120 in Poland, 96 in Portugal, 197 in Russia, 353 in 
Spain, 65 in Thailand, 218 in UK and 241 in US). Respondents completed an 
online survey in February 2021.

About Booking.com: 
Part of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), Booking.com's mission is to make 
it easier for everyone to experience the world. By investing in the technology 
that helps take the friction out of travel, Booking.com seamlessly connects 
millions of travellers with memorable experiences, a range of transportation 
options and incredible places to stay - from homes to hotels and much more. As 
one of the world's largest travel marketplaces for both established brands and 
entrepreneurs of all sizes, Booking.com enables properties all over the world 
to reach a global audience and grow their businesses. Booking.com is available 
in 44 languages and offers more than 28 million total reported accommodation 
listings, including more than 6.4 million listings of homes, apartments and 
other unique places to stay. No matter where you want to go or what you want to 
do, Booking.com makes it easy and backs it all up with 24/7 customer support.
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Source: Booking.com