Expedia and HomeAway jointly reveal favourite 2019 travel destinations for Singaporeans, and the best places to be in 2020

Where Singaporean travellers have visited and where they will be going: A look into top travel destinations for the year and beyond

Singapore, 6 December 2019 – In search of your next holiday destination? World’s leading full-service online travel brand Expedia® and  HomeAway™, a world leader in holiday home rentals, jointly reveal this year’s most popular travel destinations amongst Singaporeans. From uncovering themes across air travel and holiday home stays, to the best time to book flight and accommodations, as well as travellers’ favourite experiences, the trend report provides key insights and everything Singaporean travellers need to know to navigate the year ahead.

“As travellers today become increasingly savvy with planning for their holidays, demand for newer experiences and greater value for money services is growing year-over-year. When we looked at where Singaporeans travelled to in 2019, the strong demand for intra-Asia travel really shone through, along with some unexpected destinations that indicate a growing appetite for unusual travel destinations in the coming year. Being able to meet the needs of every kind of traveller is our driving force at Expedia, and why we strive to make it easy and affordable to find the perfect accommodation for any trip and bundle it with flights or experiences for even more savings,” says Gabriel Garcia, Senior Director of Mobile Marketing and App Ecosystems, Expedia.

“Singaporean travellers are increasingly appreciative of the benefits of staying in a holiday home. As HomeAway only offers whole homes, travellers love the privacy as well as the space to connect with their loved ones, be it in a beachfront house, a private pool villa or a traditional ryokan. In our 2020 trend report, we are excited to reveal HomeAway’s most popular amenities and travel periods amongst Singaporeans and where families and groups of friends are likely to make travel memories in the year ahead,” added Judith Davidson, Regional Director, Asia, HomeAway.

Highlights from the trend report include:

Growth in intra-Asia travel, where Asian destinations dominated the top 10 travel destinations for Singaporean travellers in 2019 ¹ .

  1. Bangkok
  2. Kuala Lumpur
  3. Hong Kong
  4. Seoul
  5. Tokyo
  6. Taipei
  7. Bali
  8. London
  9. Penang
  10. Jakarta

Singaporeans that stayed in holiday homes enjoyed destinations that are family-friendly and popular for road trips, with Australia taking six spots on the top 10 holiday home rental travel destinations for Singaporean travellers in 2019 ².

  1. Margaret River
  2. Bali
  3. Perth
  4. Tokyo
  5. Sydney
  6. Gold Coast
  7. Otago
  8. Great Ocean Road
  9. Waikato
  10. Melbourne

Not sure what to look for when booking a holiday home? In 2019, the top three amenities that Singaporean travellers searched for in their HomeAway properties were pools, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi access. Having a hot tub and laundry facilities wrapped up the five most sought-after features ².

If you’re searching for value for money accommodation options, here are the holiday home destinations that saw the most significant price drop (based on the biggest year-on-year% drop in Average Daily Rate) ².

  1. Da Nang 
    Price drop: 70% 
  2. Hokkaido 
    Price drop: 35% 
  3. Ho Chi Minh City 
    Price drop: 30%

Long weekends are hot with Singaporeans to fit in a quick holiday, with Christmas Day in 2018 and New Year’s Day in 2019 being the most popular ².

Ever wondered about the best time to book your flight and accommodation? Expedia reveals the best timeframe to book that may allow for the best deals ³.

  1. Flights 
    Book at least three weeks ahead of travel, the sweet spot for fare savings 
    Book on a Sunday, and avoid booking on Fridays
  2. Hotels 
    Book on a Friday night, and avoid booking on Sundays

When looking for activities to do during their holidays, popular ones that Singaporeans booked include the below &sup4;.

  1. Tours and Sightseeing
  2. Attractions 
  3. Water Activities and Cruises 
  4. Theme Parks 
  5. Events and Shows 
  6. Air and Land Adventures 
  7. Culinary Experiences 
  8. Overnight Excursions 
  9. Shopping 
  10. Restaurants and Nightlife

From natural wonders to thrilling rides, sightseeing attractions and amusement parks, these are the top attractions that grabbed the attention of Singaporeans over the past year &sup4;.

  1. Great Ocean Road Day Tour
  2. Disneyland Paris
  3. Disneyland Hong Kong
  4. Tokyo Skytree
  5. Small Group Tour of Temples of Angkor Wat
  6. Mount Fuji and Hakone by Bullet Train
  7. Burj Khalifa
  8. Ocean Park
  9. Phuket Introductions Tour
  10. Movie World & Sea World

For your 2020 travel plans, you may wish to consider the following trending destinations ¹.

  1. Surabaya (+126%)
  2. Perth (+123%)
  3. New York City (+108%)
  4. Terengganu (+102%)
  5. Busan (+96%)
  6. Cebu (+82%)
  7. Ulan Bator (+74%)
  8. Nadi (+70%)
  9. Semarang (+62%)
  10. Hobart (+59%)

Wineries and scenic trips are also on the rise for holiday home destinations, perfect for families looking to have a relaxing and beautiful holiday ².

  1. Waikato (+1,000%)
  2. Visayas (+800%)
  3. Otago (+567%)
  4. Canberra (+500%)
  5. Osaka (+420%)

To view the full Expedia and HomeAway 2019 Trend Report click HERE or the image below.

HomeAway Trend Report 2019

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About HomeAway

HomeAway, a world leader in the vacation rental industry, is the place to book villas, apartments and holiday homes with more than two million places to stay in 190 countries. The site makes it easy to find and book the perfect holiday home rental for any getaway, often for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. Founded in 2005, HomeAway is now an Expedia Group brand. For more information about HomeAway, please visit www.homeaway.come.sg.  

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