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Report: Tripadvisor Releases Seasonal Travel Index Results (March – May 2023), Outlining Traveler Sentiment and Insights in Several Markets including: United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan and Singapore

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  • Two-thirds of travelers surveyed planning trips between March and May 2023
  • Half (50%) plan to spend more this upcoming season, compared to the same period last year
  • Almost half (45%) will travel the same amount, while two in five 41% plan to travel more
  • Major cities – including Paris, London, New York and Rome – dominate the list of top global destinations

NEEDHAM, Mass., March 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Tripadvisor®, the world’s largest travel guidance platform, releases its first Seasonal Travel Index of 2023, providing an outlook for travel patterns and demand over the next three months.

Overview
The majority of travelers (66%) plan to travel in the upcoming season (March 1-May 31) according to consumer sentiment research commissioned by Tripadvisor in five key global markets. Around 9 in 10 of these travelers (86%) plan to travel the same amount or more compared to last year, with this figure highest in the U.S. (94%) and lowest in the U.K. (81%).

Inflationary pressures appear to have less impact on travel planning, when compared to data from previous editions of the Seasonal Travel Index. Almost two in five travelers (37%) intend to travel as planned between March and May 2023, despite rising living costs, versus less than a third (32%) between December 2022 and February 2023. For those intending to change travel plans due to rising prices this upcoming season, 31% will travel less or take shorter trips, while 27% will vacation closer to home.

Consistent with previous Indexes, affordability (65%) remains nearly twice as important as other factors like trip length (35%) and trip type (31%) when planning a trip. Despite this, travelers look set to maintain travel spend this season, with half of travelers surveyed (50%) planning to spend more this upcoming season, compared to the same period last year, also broadly consistent with the previous edition.

When it comes to destination planning, three in five travelers surveyed (59%) plan to travel domestically for their primary trip over the next three months, consistent with the previous Index. Roughly a third of global travelers surveyed (66%) plan to return to a place they’ve visited before, while only a third will visit somewhere new.

With spring around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere, major cities – including Paris, London, New York and Rome – dominate the list of top global destinations between March and May. In the Southern Hemisphere, Australian travelers are looking to more sun-drenched destinations, with the majority of top ten international destinations located in Southeast Asia.

In a trend that continues from previous Indexes, 13 of the top 15 fastest growing global destinations (those that have seen the largest year-on-year growth in hotel demand on Tripadvisor) are all based in Asia-Pacific countries, many of which have only recently reopened to international travelers or continued to loosen restrictions over the past 12 months.

“As seen in previous editions of our Seasonal Travel Index, consumer appetite for travel remains strong as we head into the spring months in the Northern Hemisphere,” said Alice Jong, Research and Insights Senior Analyst, Media at Tripadvisor. “Destination-wise, we can expect robust demand for city breaks from Northern Hemisphere travelers, with several of the world’s most iconic capitals dominating the list of most popular destinations.”

The following sentiment survey and Tripadvisor platform metrics provide a global overview of traveler demand, with breakdowns of seasonal behavioral data by market surveyed. 

Seasonal Travel Index (March – May 2023)

Trip Characteristics
Of those surveyed, two-thirds (66%) of respondents plan to travel this upcoming season, between March and May 2023.

  • US: 64%
  • UK: 71%
  • AUS: 66%
  • JP: 49%
  • SG: 78%

Of those, 86% plan to take between 1-2 trips, with U.S. respondents over indexing for taking six or more trips.

  • US: 1-2 trips (78%), 3-5 trips (17%), 6+ trips (4%)
  • UK: 1-2 trips (90%), 3-5 trips (9%), 6+ trips (1%)
  • AUS: 1-2 trips (92%), 3-5 trips (6%), 6+ trips (1%)
  • JP: 1-2 trips (84%), 3-5 trips (13%), 6+ trips (2%)
  • SG: 1-2 trips (83%), 3-5 trips (14%), 6+ trips (3%)

Collectively, two in five respondents (41%) are planning to travel more this upcoming season than they did last year.

  • US: 48%
  • UK: 45%
  • AUS: 47%
  • JP: 20%
  • SG: 56%

The majority (59%) plan to travel domestically for their primary trip.

  • US: Domestic (82%), International (18%)
  • UK: Domestic (48%), International (52%)
  • AUS: Domestic (72%), International (28%)
  • JP: Domestic (93%), International (7%)
  • SG: Domestic (10%), International (90%)

Most (66%) plan to return to a destination they have visited before.

  • US: 68%
  • UK: 69%
  • AUS: 72%
  • JP: 65%
  • SG: 72%

Traveler Spend

Half of travelers globally (50%) plan to spend more on their biggest trip this upcoming season compared to the same period last year.

  • US: 59%
  • UK: 43%
  • AUS: 47%
  • JP: 34%
  • SG: 56%

Over half of global respondents (58%) plan on changing their travel behaviors as a result of rising living costs, a lower number than previous travel indexes

  • US: 56% (35% will travel less/for shorter periods, 21% will vacation closer to home)
  • UK: 54% (27% will travel less/for shorter periods, 27% will vacation closer to home)
  • AUS: 56% (29% will travel less/for shorter periods, 27% will vacation closer to home)
  • JP: 45% (20% will travel less/for shorter periods, 25% will vacation closer to home)
  • SG: 66% (34% will travel less/for shorter periods, 32% will vacation closer to home)

Rising energy costs will also influence upcoming travel behaviors, though less than rising living costs, with 54% claiming they will impact travel decision making.

  • US: 51%
  • UK: 49%
  • AUS: 46%
  • JP: 44%
  • SG: 63%

Cost/affordability (65%) is nearly twice as important to respondents as other factors such as trip length (35%) and trip type (31%) when planning a vacation, consistent with prior data. 

  • US: Cost/affordability (66%), trip length (43%), trip type (34%)
  • UK: Cost/affordability (69%), trip length (36%), trip type (32%)
  • AUS: Cost/affordability (72%), trip length (45%), trip type (32%)
  • JP: Cost/affordability (75%), trip length (29%), trip type (31%)
  • SG: Cost/affordability (59%), trip length (35%), trip type (23%)

Top Destinations – March 1 to May 31, 2023

Global

  • Dates of search: December 1, 2022January 25, 2023
  • Dates of travel: March 1 – May 31, 2023

Overall

Domestic         

International

1. Paris, France

1. Orlando, U.S.

1. Paris, France

2. London, U.K.

2. Las Vegas, U.S.

2. Cancun, Mexico

3. Cancun, Mexico

3. New York City, U.S.

3. London, U.K.

4. New York City, U.S.

4. Key West, U.S.

4. Punta Cana, Caribbean

5. Rome, Italy

5. London, U.K.

5. Rome, Italy

6. Punta Cana, Caribbean

6. Honolulu, U.S.

6. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

7. Orlando, U.S.

7. Miami Beach, U.S.

7. Barcelona, Spain

8. Amsterdam, Netherlands

8. Nashville, U.S.

8. New York City, U.S.

9. Barcelona, Spain

9. Fort Lauderdale, U.S.

9. Dubai, U.A.E.

10. Las Vegas, U.S.

10. Lahaina, U.S.

10. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

United States

  • Dates of search: December 1, 2022January 25, 2023
  • Dates of travel: March 1 – May 31, 2023

Rank

Domestic         

International

1.

Orlando, Fla.

Cancun, Mexico

2.

Las Vegas, Nev.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

3.

New York City, N.Y.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

4.

Key West, Fla.

Paris, France

5.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

6.

Miami Beach, Fla.

London, U.K.

7.

Nashville, Tenn.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

8.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

9.

Lahaina, Hawaii

Palm – Eagle Beach, Aruba

10.

New Orleans, La.

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

United Kingdom

  • Dates of search: December 1, 2022January 25, 2023
  • Dates of travel: March 1 – May 31, 2023

Rank

Domestic         

International

1.

London

Paris, France

2.

Edinburgh

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

3.

Liverpool

Benidorm, Spain

4.

York

Costa Adeje, Spain

5.

Blackpool

Dubai, U.A.E.

6.

Manchester

Rome, Italy

7.

Windermere

New York City, U.S.

8.

Bath

Barcelona, Spain

9.

Glasgow

Antalya, Turkey

10.

Birmingham

Marrakech, Morocco

Australia

  • Dates of search: December 1, 2022January 25, 2023
  • Dates of travel: March 1 – May 31, 2023

Rank

Domestic         

International

1.

Melbourne

Singapore, Singapore

2.

Sydney

Seminyak, Indonesia

3.

Brisbane

Legian, Indonesia

4.

Surfers Paradise

London, U.K.

5.

Cairns

Sanur, Indonesia

6.

Port Douglas

Paris, France

7.

Hobart

Nusa Dua, Indonesia

8.

Adelaide

Bangkok, Thailand

9.

Perth

Patong, Thailand

10.

Noosa

Honolulu, U.S.

Japan

  • Dates of search: December 1, 2022January 25, 2023
  • Dates of travel: March 1 – May 31, 2023

Rank

Domestic         

International

1.

Urayasu

Seoul, South Korea

2.

Konohana

Honolulu, U.S.

3.

Hakone-machi

Bangkok, Thailand

4.

Chuo

Paris, France

5.

Sendai

Singapore, Singapore

6.

Naha

London, U.K.

7.

Maihama

Taipei, Taiwan

8.

Minato

Rome, Italy

9.

Onna-son

Hanoi, Vietnam

10.

Shimogyo

Da Nang, Vietnam

Singapore

  • Dates of search: December 1, 2022January 25, 2023
  • Dates of travel: March 1 – May 31, 2023

Rank

Domestic         

International

1.

Singapore

Seoul, South Korea

2.

Sentosa Island

Bangkok, Thailand

3.

Jurong

Hong Kong, China

4.

 

Shinjuku, Japan

5.

 

London, U.K.

6.

 

Paris, France

7.

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

8.

 

Seminyak, Indonesia

9.

 

Shimogyo, Japan

10.

 

Osaka, Japan

Most popular day and week to travel by country – March 1 to May 31, 2023

  • Dates of search: December 1, 2022January 25, 2023
  • Dates of travel: March 1 – May 31, 2023

Country

Most Popular Day of Travel

Most Popular Week of Travel

United States

March 11

March 8-14

United Kingdom

April 1

March 29 – April 4

Australia

April 7

March 1-7

Japan

March 18

March 15 -21

Singapore

March 11

March 8-14

Methodology
The data cited in this release was gathered and analyzed from two key sources:

A Tripadvisor Consumer Sentiment Survey, based on data drawn from an online survey of over 2,100 consumers, in partnership with Qualtrics, conducted between January 8 and January 20, 2023 across five countries – U.S., UK, Australia, Singapore and Japan.

Site behavioral data sourced from first party traffic data on the Tripadvisor platform, gathered between December 1, 2022 and January 25, 2023, for searches made by travelers in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Japan and Singapore for travel between March 1 through May 31, 2023.

Authors
This report was compiled by Tripadvisor’s research (Alice Jong) and communications (Duncan Skehens) teams in partnership with survey results conducted by Qualtrics Research.

About Tripadvisor
Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel guidance platform*, helps hundreds of millions of people each month** become better travelers, from planning to booking to taking a trip. Travelers across the globe use the Tripadvisor site and app to discover where to stay, what to do and where to eat based on guidance from those who have been there before. With more than 1 billion reviews and opinions of nearly 8 million businesses, travelers turn to Tripadvisor to find deals on accommodations, book experiences, reserve tables at delicious restaurants and discover great places nearby. As a travel guidance company available in 43 markets and 22 languages, Tripadvisor makes planning easy no matter the trip type. The subsidiaries of Tripadvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP), own and operate a portfolio of travel media brands and businesses, operating under various websites and apps.

* Source: SimilarWeb, unique users de-duplicated monthly, January 2023
** Source: Tripadvisor internal log files

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