Business travel

International demand for travel to Southeast Asia soars

International travel demand to Asia-Pacific is growing rapidly according to data from Skyscanner Travel Insight.

The company said the boost followed the easing of border restrictions in the region.

Skyscanner said international bookings in January to destinations including Thailand and Singapore showed signs of pent-up demand.

He added that demand to Australia is also high following the recent border announcement with a 199% increase between February 6 and February 7. Singapore, meanwhile, saw a 19% increase in January compared to December.

Paul Whiteway, Senior Regional Director, Asia-Pacific, Skyscanner, said: “The latest announcements of border reopenings in Asia-Pacific as well as the easing of some restrictions at the start of the year have led to positive travel demand, giving a boost to the industry during a crucial period for seasonal travel.

“Analysis of Skyscanner flight data shows an increase in international travel bookings to key destinations in the region and strong signs of continued momentum.

“The reopening of the Australian border to international visitors this week is another milestone… our early insights reveal that many travelers around the world are already planning their trips for the immediate future.

“Over the coming weeks, we will see markets react to the news, with airlines announcing new schedules and building capacity to enable the return of large-scale international travel. Travel suppliers recognize that it is in their interest to make travel accessible and they will likely continue to offer value for money and flexibility in order to meet growing demand and remain competitive. Couple this with reassurance and greater clarity on the latest travel restrictions and requirements will be key to maintaining momentum and restoring traveler confidence.