Agoda reveals where travelers are staying on NYE

By TIN Media | Hospitality Published 4 months ago on 28 December 2021
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MALAYSIA:

Travellers are looking for new experiences to celebrate the start of 2022. Famous cities remain hot destinations but the travel trend to ‘escape’ to more off-beat nature or beach destinations dominates this year’s New Year’s Eve plans, according to data from digital travel platform, Agoda. And again this year, travellers are choosing luxury to welcome in the New Year. 

While Asia wide, capital cities dominate each market’s top destinations for New Year’s Eve, including the return of Bangkok to Thailand’s number one spot, world-class beach destinations like Goa (India) (India #1), Bali (Indonesia), Cebu (Philippines), Pattaya (Thailand) and Jeju Island (South Korea), as well as Penang, the food capital of Malaysia also make the list with partygoers this year taking advantage of the lifting of restrictions to be more adventurous and exploring further. Agoda’s data shows that across many markets there are many newcomers to this year’s top ten, including coastal destinations Batam Island (Indonesia, #10), Andaman and Nicobar Island (India, #7), and Kenting (Taiwan, #10). Lush green mountains and scenic destinations, including Khao Kho (Thailand, #9), Bohol (the Philippines, #8), and Ninh Binh (Vietnam, #10) also gain in popularity. In Vietnam, Sapa and Dalat knock Hanoi out of this year’s top three.

Travellers are taking care of themselves after on-and-off lockdowns this year. According to data by Agoda, the preference for 4-5 star hotels is even stronger with Taiwan and Thailand travellers upgrading to 4-5 star hotels, from 1-3.5 star accommodation for New Year’s Eve this year, joining Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Vietnam travellers who continue to choose 4-5 star venues to celebrate the arrival of 2022. In India, 1-3.5 star hotels remain popular among travellers, reflective of trends in 2020. 

“Travel is back, although domestic travel remains the predominant source of business for Asian destinations during this NYE celebration season. Agoda data shows that in addition to the big city, traditional, celebration destinations, travellers across Asia are showing their ongoing desire to get out, to get away and to escape the constrictions and controls of Covid impacted cities. The city staycay is booming. Equally the appeal of Asia’s beaches, stunning scenery and freedom of open space has people heading for the coast and mountains in droves. In Vietnam, Hanoi was knocked out of the top three by Sapa. Meanwhile Kuching in Borneo unseated Langkawi for a spot in Malaysia’s top three, and Boracay sprung into second spot for Philippines. In addition, consumers want luxury. There are great 4-5 star luxury hotel deals available during the COVID recovery. Data shows that Taiwanese and Thai travelers are booking higher star category hotels compared to last year, joining travelers from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Korea and Vietnam in the hunt for a luxurious end to a tough 2021” says Tim Hughes, Vice President Corporate Development, Agoda.

 

Most booked destinations on New Year’s Eve

Indonesia

India

Malaysia

Philippines

2020

2021

2020

2021

2020

2021

2020

2021

Jakarta

Jakarta

Goa

Goa

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Manila

Manila

Bali

Bali

Mumbai

New Delhi and NCR

Langkawi

Penang

Cebu

Boracay Island

Bandung

Bandung

New Delhi and NCR

Mumbai

Penang

Kuching

Tagaytay

Cebu

 

South Korea

Taiwan

Thailand

Vietnam

2020

2021

2020

2021

2020

2021

2020

2021

Seoul

Seoul

Taipei

Taipei

Pattaya

Bangkok

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

Jeju Island

Busan

Taichung

Taichung

Bangkok

Pattaya

Dalat

Sapa

Busan

Jeju Island

Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

Hanoi

Dalat

 

Market-specific data

Malaysia

2020

2021

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Langkawi

Penang

Penang

Kuching

Kuching

Langkawi

Malacca

Malacca

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

Kuantan

Port Dickson

Cameron Highlands

Genting Highlands

Port Dickinson

Johor Bahru

Genting Highlands

Ipoh

 

  • Kuala Lumpur retains its top spot as the go-to city for NYE celebrations for the third year running, with the hustle and bustle of the city’s happenings being a main draw for travelers
  • Johor Bahru (#9) and Ipoh (#10) has etched its way into this year’s top ten, knocking out Kuantan and Cameron Highlands as people flock to food destinations to satisfy their cravings over the new year.
  • Genting Highlands (#8) moved up the ladder this year as it opened its doors to new themed attractions, making it a big hit amongst tourists.

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