Travel is firmly back on the agenda for 2022 and travelers are planning to spend more this year, according to a survey released recently by travel site Skyscanner.
Bringing together booking data and a survey of 4,000 travelers, Skyscanner’s international research reveals the biggest trends for 2022 as travel continues to bounce back.
According to the survey, in the face of new Covid-19 variants, the war in Ukraine, high jet fuel prices and the west’s rising cost of living, travel is continuing to prove its resilience. However, a full recovery won’t happen until 2023-24, says the travel site.
Other key findings include:
People are prioritising travel spend in 2022
– Travelers are planning to spend more this year – their budgets are higher, they’re booking longer trips and choosing more expensive accommodation
– 86 percent of travelers plan to spend more or the same on international travel than they did in 2019, with half planning to spend more
– of those spending more, 48 percent are putting this money towards longer trips and 43 percent towards accommodation upgrades. But travellers do remain price conscious.
Booking horizons show signs of stabilising
As confidence accelerates, people are becoming more comfortable booking travel further ahead. Although conditions aren’t the same as before Covid-19, Skyscanner is seeing booking horizons move closer to 2019 levels.
The preference today is booking short haul and searching long haul, a result of testing and quarantine requirements in some destinations. When those requirements are removed, leisure demand will rebound very quickly.
City breaks are back
This year, travelers want to unwind on relaxing getaways and travel internationally to bucket list destinations.
City breaks also return as people regain confidence in visiting busier urban areas.
Aviation is still some way from a full recovery
Demand for domestic and short-haul flights is higher than pre-pandemic, but long-haul travel is making a comeback.
Meanwhile, market conditions are leading to important shifts that will ultimately benefit travelers.
– the streamlining of fleets by retiring older aircraft and introducing newer, more fuel-efficient models
– new direct domestic and international routes connecting travelers with parts of the world only previously reachable via a one- or multi-stop journey
– new airlines entering the market, including a focus on low-cost long haul.
Doha is the world’s top trending destination
Doha has shown the biggest rise in searches over the last three years.
Other top trending destinations are a mix of short and long haul as new routes are launched, countries re-open and travelers seek to reunite with friends and family.