Travel searches surge as East Asia eases travel restrictions

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Global searches for flights and hotels for Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong surged over the past weekend on renewed interest in travel fueled by announcements of easing entry restrictions . These three East Asian countries are among the last in the region to reopen to travellers.

According to Expedia flight and hotel data for September 23-25, compared to the previous seven-day average of September 16-22, searches for flights to Taipei increased by 400% while the same activity for Osaka jumped 350%. Tokyo and Sapporo saw a 235% and 35% increase in searches for inbound flights, respectively.

Hotel search data in these destinations also showed improvements – Taipei by 55%; and Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo by 40%.

Lavinia Rajaram, head of public relations for Asia at Expedia Group, said TTG Asia that it was “not surprising” to see recent announcements of easing border restrictions in Japan and Taiwan sparking greater “excitement among travelers looking to return to these beloved destinations.”

“In Expedia’s search data, we saw an upward trend in people exploring and planning their next trip to these destinations,” Rajaram said.

When asked why hotel search increments are more subdued than flight searches, Rajaram said travelers tend to prioritize flight options to determine their travel dates, before others plans are made for accommodation.

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