Broad­en­ing hori­zons of travel

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New re­port shows Ulaan­baatar and Jin­jiang among emerg­ing des­ti­na­tions for Sin­ga­pore­ans

Global travel search com­pany Skyscan­ner has re­leased its Asia-Pa­cific (Apac) Travel Trends Re­port 2018, which analy­ses the search and book­ing habits of Apac trav­ellers, and re­vealed Thai­land and Ja­pan to be among the top des­ti­na­tions for lo­cal trav­ellers, while also un­cov­er­ing emerg­ing des­ti­na­tions for 2019.

Com­ment­ing on the find­ings, se­nior growth man­ager for Skyscan­ner Robyn Lee said: “As travel con­tin­ues to be­come even more ac­ces­si­ble and flight fares more af­ford­able, we can ex­pect more Sin­ga­pore­ans to opt for lesser-known des­ti­na­tions for their up­com­ing hol­i­days in ad­di­tion to the usual cap­i­tal cities Bangkok, Tokyo and Seoul.”

#GENZEN SEEK­ING JOY AND PEACE IN ULAAN­BAATAR, MON­GO­LIA

Skyscan­ner found that 71 per cent of Sin­ga­pore­ans cited rest and re­lax­ation as a key mo­ti­va­tor for travel. It is no sur­prise that trav­ellers are opt­ing for offthe-beaten-path des­ti­na­tions like Ulaan­baatar – home to at­trac­tions such as Gan­dan Khiid, a Bud­dhist monastery with the full name Gan­dan­tegchinlen, roughly trans­lat­ing to “the great place of com­plete joy”.

KONNICHIWA TO OK­I­NAWA AND HIROSHIMA

While both Tokyo and Osaka have long served as Sin­ga­pore­ans’ gate­way to Ja­pan, we are also con­stantly find­ing new places to ex­plore within Ja­pan. Ok­i­nawa and Hiroshima both saw strong growth of 102 per cent and 170 per cent re­spec­tively, likely ow­ing to the in­tro­duc­tion of di­rect flights to both cities, mak­ing trav­el­ling to other parts of Ja­pan much eas­ier for those who love the coun­try.

MORE TO SEE IN KUCH­ING, MALAYSIA AND PADANG, IN­DONE­SIA

While neigh­bour­ing coun­tries on the whole might be fa­mil­iar ground, trav­ellers are now ven­tur­ing fur­ther from the cap­i­tal cities of Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.

The Bor­neo city of Kuch­ing in Malaysia and the coastal city of Both Athens and Berlin saw strong growth, with 26 per cent and 111 per cent re­spec­tively. Lo­cal car­rier Scoot in­tro­duced di­rect flights to both Athens and Berlin, mak­ing both cities the first long-haul des­ti­na­tions of­fered by the low-cost car­rier.

Just one year after the in­tro­duc­tion, Scoot has re­ported over 300 flights and over 80,000 pas­sen­gers to Athens, while the in­tro­duc­tion of di­rect flights to Berlin also opened up cheaper en­try points to Europe for many trav­ellers.

FUN IN FU­JIAN, CHINA

Jin­jiang, a small county in the Fu­jian prov­ince in China, saw a strong 174 per cent growth spurt in 2018 among Sin­ga­porean trav­ellers, jump­ing over 55 spots from the year be­fore.

Lo­cated just across the river from Quanzhou, Jin­jiang is the clos­est air­port to Quanzhou, a ma­jor city that was once part of the Mar­itime Silk Road and largest port in Asia dur­ing the Song and Yuan dy­nas­ties.

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