Christmas may traditionally be a time for gifts, but travel is increasingly becoming a much bigger lure for Singaporeans. This is according to Hotels.com’s most recent Christmas survey, which revealed that 96% of Singapore respondents are willing to give up all their Christmas presents for a dream trip abroad, with Europe topping the list as their dream destination for 2015.
Hotels continue to be a popular accommodation choice for travellers this December, with over half (52%) of Singapore respondents planning an overseas trip opting to stay in a hotel. Globally, the APAC region (32%) had the highest number of respondents planning to do so, as opposed to staying at home or in friends’ or relatives’ homes abroad or locally.
The findings also revealed the availability of yuletide festivities as an important deciding factor influencing hotel choice. Respondents in APAC (77%), North America (85%) and Latin America (94%) indicated that they would book a hotel offering a traditional Christmas celebration over the festive period, rather than one that avoids any mention of Christmas.
Motivations for travel during Christmas
Top factors driving Singapore travellers to spend Christmas away from home include soaking up the Christmas festivities elsewhere (40%), followed by spending quality family time (29%).
Table 1: Motivations for Singapore travellers to spend Christmas away from home
However, while travellers in Singapore are keen to get away for the holidays, top hurdles holding them back include budget constraints (35%), no special deals during the festive period (30%) and not being able to get time off work (19%).
Christmas spirit high among travellers globally
The survey also found that family trumps freedom during the festive season across the globe, with respondents from EMEA (71%), APAC (63%), North America (71%) and Latin America (82%) indicating that they enjoy spending time with their family during Christmas more than having freedom.
Additionally, while findings revealed that Singapore travellers want to spend Christmas with their entire family and not leave anyone behind during the Christmas period – including their pets – 11% of respondents admitted that there is chance they would skip town without their parents.