Filipinos prefer safer travel options during COVID-19 pandemic â Airbnb
This photo taken on February 23, 2020 shows a worker cleaning chairs at the boarding area while arriving passengers disembark at the international airport in Manila.
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Filipinos prefer safer travel options during COVID-19 pandemic — Airbnb

Ratziel San Juan (Philstar.com) - March 3, 2021 - 11:49am

MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos hitting the road have no plans of exploring the hospital anytime soon, based on trends in travel behavior.

“Filipinos are veering away from mass travel toward less crowded, more mindful and slower travel,” according to the 2021 Philippines Travel Trends Survey commissioned by vacation rental platform Airbnb.

The survey conducted early February in collaboration with market research and data analytics firm YouGov sought to find the types of travel and connections Filipino locals are seeking this year, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It found that the majority (53%) of respondents prefer traveling to less crowded, off-the-beaten-path destinations.

Moreover, they prefer solo or small group trips (41%), destinations and activities promoting health and wellness (38%), leisure travel with a slower-paced travel schedule (29%), driving instead of flights and other modes of public transport (19%) and short-haul flights over long-haul flights (15%).

A third of respondents (34%) avoid staying in hotels and homestays that have been used as quarantine centers.

Beached and nature escapades, meanwhile, topped Filipinos' bucket lists with Boracay remaining the top domestic travel destination for Filipinos.

Other popular destinations include Palawan, Baguio, Siargao Island and Tagaytay.

“We believe that travel is resilient and will bounce back with time, and we anticipate that unique and family-friendly travel will serve as the impetus for domestic tourism recovery,” Airbnb General Manager for Southeast Asia Amanpreet Bajaj said in a Tuesday virtual briefing where the survey findings were reported.

"The Philippines is a significant emerging bureau for us in APAC (Asia-Pacific) and what we know is right now the single biggest focus for all stakeholders within the travel community is to make sure that we can start travel again.”

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LATEST UPDATE: April 6, 2021 - 1:16pm

Find the latest travel and tourism news from around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic. Main image by AFP/Romeo Gacad

April 6, 2021 - 1:16pm

New Zealand approves quarantine-free travel with Australia, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying a two-way corridor for travel between the two largely COVID-free nations to begin on April 18.

"I can confirm that quarantine-free travel will begin in just under two weeks, at 11:59pm on April 18," Ardern announces after the date was confirmed by her cabinet.

The travel bubble comes more than a year after New Zealand closed its doors in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and six months after Australia allowed New Zealanders to fly into selected states without the need to quarantine. — AFP 

April 5, 2021 - 1:38pm

Britain will on Monday set out plans to restart international travel, using a "traffic-light" system as the country cautiously emerges from lockdown.

The announcement comes as the UK has set a tentative date of May 17 to relaunch international travel.

Travel destinations will be ranked green, amber or red according to virus risk, Downing Street said in a statement late Saturday, with the government to provide more details on Monday.

International travel is currently banned except for a handful of permitted reasons. This has created massive pent-up demand for summer holidays abroad.

"We are doing everything we can to enable the reopening of our country... as safely as possible," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

The government said the new system "will help ensure the UK's vaccine progress isn't jeopardized and provide clear guidance for travellers".— AFP

March 29, 2021 - 5:35pm

The Zamboanga City Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has suspended all commercial inbound flights from Ninoy Aquino International (NAIA) indefinitely. 

Local IATF chief implementer Elmeir Apolinario, through the authority of Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, has written all the airline companies and coordinated with the national IATF on the indefinite flight suspension effective Monday and until further notice.

"In view of the confirmed presence of the UK and South African strains of COVID-19 in the country and the re-imposition of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region and its neighboring areas, the city will temporarily suspend all commercial flights," the city's IATF said.

The IATF said also affected in the cancellation of flights are connecting flights from Cebu or Davao whose flight origin are from NAIA. — The STAR/Roel Pareño

March 29, 2021 - 12:50pm

Foreign parents of Filipino citizens with visas may now enter the Philippines, the Bureau of Immigration says Monday.

Foreign parents, however, cannot travel alone even if they have valid visas.

“If they are traveling alone, they will not be allowed entry even if they hold valid visas as the rules provide that they must be traveling with their Philippine spouse or children,” Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente says in a statement.

March 22, 2021 - 12:44pm

Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong says the city will not accept tourists from NCR, Rizal, Bulacan, Laguna and Cavite in line with the IATF Resolution No. 104 that prohibits non-essential travels. —  Philstar.com/Rosette Adel

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