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Domestic travel seen to drive tourism recovery

Raymart Lolo

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More than half of the respondents also look forward to travel for leisure or vacation, even in the absence of a vaccine against COVID-19.

The Department of Tourism (DoT) sees domestic travel as the lead driver of the tourism industry’s recovery after the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused a massive loss to the sector.

The observation is based on the result of a survey conducted by the DoT showing that Filipino travelers prefer to go to destinations closer to home and spend less amid health concerns.

On Monday, the DoT released the report entitled “Philippine Travel Survey: Insights on Filipino Travel Behavior Post-COVID 19” which covered more than 12,000 respondents across the country.

The survey found that 77 percent of respondents expressed their willingness to travel to local destinations once restrictions are lifted.

More than half of the respondents also look forward to travel for leisure or vacation, even in the absence of a vaccine against COVID-19.

Popular local tourist spots, especially beaches, are expected to see a surge in visitors. Boracay, Siargao, and Baguio top the list of destinations to visit when travel is permitted again. Filipinos also prefer to travel to closer destinations.

Top travel activities that are high on their minds are beach trips, road trips, and staycations at 69, 54, and 41 percent, respectively.

According to the survey, domestic travel will be the main priority as fewer people are likely to travel internationally in the near future. This is due to reduced incomes and travel budgets in the light of the pandemic’s impact on the economy.

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