Singapore's new "vaccinated travel routes " have sparked aFlight inquiries as city-state residents seek to take advantage of relaxed international travel measures.
Searches for cities in Singapore So-called VTLs have doubled - and in some cases almost tripled, according to data from Expedia Group. This came after government officials announced the opening of new non-quarantine routes to countries in Europe, North America and Asia.
Easing international travel
Last week, Singapore " announced a non-quarantine trip with Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, 'Spain, United Kingdom and United States from October 19, as well as South Korea "from November 15. Among the conditions are that travelers must be vaccinated and must pass Covid-19 tests to ensure they are not infected before entering the country.
The announcement marked a substantial expansion of the island nation's VTL program, which currently includes Germany and Brunei.
Following the news, interest in research among Singapore residents increased from week to week for:
- Seoul, South Korea - 180%
- Vancouver, Canada - 160%
- Frankfurt, Germany: 130%
- London, United Kingdom: 120%
- Los Angeles, United States: 80%
Expedia The managing director of Asia said the research marked a shift in consumer demand for international travel. In August, Singapore's most sought after cities were regional hotspots, such as Japan, Hong Kong, Maldives, and Taiwan. Visitors pass through a terminal inat Singapore Changi Airport on December 7, 2020.Roslan Rahman | AFP | Images
"VTLs have certainly had an impact on how people think about travel, where they look to travel and how they plan their trip," Choo Pin Ang told CNBC " Capital "Connection Tuesday.
However, he added that he expects more traditional travel destinations to gain popularity as further easing is announced. Already, Singapore-based searches for year-end travel to VTL and non-VTL destinations have tripled from June to October.
This is good news for the travel industry. troubled trip. Wednesday, the share price Singapore "Airlines ' was up over 9% for the week while the " actions of SATS - which provides ground and in-flight catering at Changi Airport of Singapore - grew about 5%.
"The happy days are here again," Amit Saberwal, founder and CEO of the budget hotel chain, told CNBC on Wednesday from Southeast Asia RedDoorz. "Even though these are just the beginnings, I don't think we're going to go back to regressive containment and people not being able to travel ... I think it's up to us to shine again.
No more lanes of traffic without quarantine, including some in Asia-Pacific, are expected in the coming months, according to Singapore officials.
Australia, New Zealand and Japan should be included, along with some countries "closer to home " d 'Southeast Asia, Ang said.
Thailand on Monday announced its intentionWe will lift the dock anti-tin restrictions for vaccinated travelers from low-risk countries, including Singapore, starting in November.
"What will really determine whether VTLs can work are the Strong economic ties between Singapore and these countries, vaccination rates and how much progress countries have made in mitigating Covid, "he said.
Nevertheless, headwinds remain. With changing travel restrictions and VTL daily arrivals in Singapore currently capped at 3,000, Ang said travelers should "be nimble" by making flexible bookings and purchasing Covid-included travel insurance. before departure.
- Shubhangi Goela contributed to this report.