September 5, 2023
While we might be seeing some light in the current pandemic cloud, travellers and tourism industry are still wondering when it will be back to normal. We’ve asked respondents from 18 to 60 years old during May 8th till 15th this year, for their insights on the overall environment and spending plans. Let’s keep everyone in the know so we can all make smarter decisions.
Though Taiwan has lifted the ban on mask export, consumers still cut down on travel plans & budget to indoor/outdoor scenic spots. Fortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has lesser effect on the outdoor destination visits (slight 3.8% drop), and 60% of respondents are still willing to travel, albeit international.
Top domestic destinations are suburbs such as Hualien county (12.8%) and Yilan county (11%).
So how do you lure those willing to travel? In addition to outdoor/spacious environment (62%), transportation convenience (48%), promotion deals (37.6%), unique attractions (33.5%), and tasty food (27.6%) all key triggers to travel. Tourism industry players are suggested to factor these into overall marketing campaigns or new offerings, to avoid the trap of heavy price cuts.
Perhaps still afraid of cluster infection, travellers prefer driving their own vehicles. Amongst those willing to travel, almost 40% of respondents prefer one-day travel. Overnight room rate is said to be under NT$2000.
It used to be about where to go for travelling and now it’s all about when international travel bans will be lifted.
Around 50% Taiwanese believe we might need to wait till sometime between March & May next year for everyone to start going abroad again, though some are more optimistic and aiming at February 2021. Regardless of which, plans for travelling won’t be till early next year.
Japan related tourism businesses could start planning for previous exciting content recap, including what people care about the most. For example, pulling previous natural scenery (60.9%), Japanese gourmet (54.6%), and hotspring (41.2%) related content back to help travellers start planning now.
The pandemic does not wipe out demands but makes consumers a smarter (and more careful) one. The real question here is how do you keep up with consumer insights and open up to strategic collaborations for win-win. Want to know if your offerings make sense? Don’t think, just give it a test run with respondents.
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