Agoda reveals domestic destinations top travel wishlist for Pinoys

Filipinos looking to travel local, while rest of the world itching to explore overseas destinations

Keeping their future plans aligned with calls to support local travel, Filipinos are dreaming of domestic destinations once allowed, according to Agoda.com.

Manila, Boracay, Cebu, Palawan, and Batangas, figured prominently across different demographics for Filipinos, which include Couples, Solo, Family, and Group Travelers based on Agoda’s top searched data for travel til year end.

Among these, travelers planning to go as a group are most keen to travel domestically with all their top ten most searched destinations within the country. Meanwhile, Solo Travelers are the most willing to travel outside of the country, searching for deals in Tokyo (#5), Bangkok (#9), and Seoul (#10) for when overseas travel is possible.

Filipinos’ most searched city/town destinations

Couples Family Travelers Group Travelers Solo Travelers
Manila Boracay Island Boracay Island Manila
Boracay Island Manila Batangas Boracay Island
Bohol Palawan Manila Palawan
Cebu Cebu Davao City Bohol
Palawan Bohol Tagaytay Tokyo
Batangas Baguio Siargao Islands Cebu
Tagaytay Batangas Palawan Baguio
Baguio Seoul Cebu Siargao Islands
Bangkok Siargao Islands Angeles / Clark Bangkok
Singapore Osaka Cavite Seoul

Globally, people want to go to Asia

While Filipinos are keeping it local, the rest of the world is looking forward to overseas adventures with Taiwan, Thailand, and Japan emerging as the top searched destinations for travel until the year-end on Agoda.com. With COVID-19 restrictions cautiously being lifted, the travel itch continues to grow stronger.

Overall, Taiwan tops the travel escape searches list among all different traveler groups—from couples to solo travelers, and families or groups, beating last year’s champs—Thailand, which came in as the second most searched destination. Japan, Vietnam, and South Korea round out the top five, while the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Indonesia complete the top ten.

Agoda’s search data show distinctions between destinations searched by type of travelers, with Japan and Thailand taking second and third spots respectively, for solo travelers.

“While Agoda’s search data has seen a shift toward domestic destinations as regulations are being eased for domestic travel, people are still dreaming about international adventures. What Agoda’s data is showing us is there is still a hunger to travel. People are keen on exploring their own countries whether alone, with family, or with friends. They are also looking forward to visiting their dream international destinations too once it’s safe to do so and are looking for the best deals for when that time comes,” said. Tim Hughes, Vice President of Corporate Development, Agoda.


About the data:
Agoda search data are based on destination searches with travel schedule pegged between 1 June to 31 December 2020.

About Agoda
From its beginnings as an e-commerce start-up based in Singapore in 2005, digital travel platform Agoda has grown to offer a global network of over 2.5 million properties in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, offering travelers easy access to a wide choice of luxury and budget hotels, apartments, homes and villas, to suit all budgets and travel occasions. In 2019, Agoda added a flight product and packages to help make travel even easier.

Headquartered in Singapore, Agoda is part of Booking Holdings (Nasdaq: BKNG) and employs more than 4,000 staff in 30 countries. Agoda.com and the Agoda mobile app are available in 39 languages.

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