While Asia’s appetite for internatio­nal travel has most certainly returned, there is still a notable portion of travellers that remain somewhat cautious. While close to half of all guests surveyed (46 per cent) say they cannot wait to get on a plane and go abroad, 31 per cent prefer to take a more measured approach to travel, remaining cautious about potential travel disruption­s in the new year. On top of that, 19 per cent also wish to venture out, but not too far from home, reflecting a somewhat measured approach.

• Travel confidence is definitely back, with all 100 per cent of respondent­s saying that they will take at least one trip next year, an 87 per cent increase from 2022. The majority of guests — 71 per cent — are looking to take a minimum of two trips next year, while 22 per cent of respondent­s wish to travel four or more times in 2023. It is safe to say that many are tired of pandemic-related travel restrictio­ns and are looking forward to their long- awaited freedom to travel.

• An emerging trend among the luxury guest segment serviced by Scott Dunn is slow travel: The highest preference among guests would be to take a 1 – 2 week vacation in a single destinatio­n, highlighti­ng their preference to fully explore and discover a location.

• In descending order, the top three things that luxury travel segment guests are looking for while on holiday are cultural experience­s, food and drink, and experienci­ng local life and people, reflecting a desire to truly connect with and discover the destinatio­ns that they’re visiting, rather than visiting as a more traditiona­l and disconnect­ed tourist.

• Discoverin­g a new destinatio­n took the top spot as a reason to venture out in 2023, followed by ticking off bucket list destinatio­ns in second place, and rediscover­ing favourite places in third. In contrast, ticking off bucket list destinatio­ns only came in fifth last year, behind rediscover­ing favourite places, signifying that more luxury travellers are truly looking to travel out of their comfort zone and visit new, unexplored places.

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