After almost one year of travel restrictions, people are eager to visit more diverse destinations and want to do this with style booking 4 and 5-star hotels. Digital travel platform Agoda discovered an interesting fact. Travelers booked unexpectedly more 4 and 5-star hotels for this New Year’s celebrations. Tourists from South Korea and Singapore even had luxury hotels as their top choice. Only tourists from such countries as the United States, Thailand, and Taiwan made their choices in favor of 1 to 3.5-star hotels.
Apart from picking more expensive hotels, tourists were also interested in less common and mainstream destinations. Hotels in Langkawi (Malaysia), Miami Beach (the US), Yeosu-si (Korea), and Quy Nhon hotels (Vietnam) are among the most popular beach destinations. When choosing domestic destinations for the New Year Eve celebrations, tourists were also booking such natural beauty places as Hua Lien (Taiwan), Cameron Highlands (Malaysia), Sapa (Vietnam), and Laguna (Philippines).
Increased 4 and 5-star hotel bookings show that travelers are eager to pamper themselves after many months of lockdown and are optimistic about 2021. The pandemic didn’t kill the travel spirit. Although people from many countries of the world couldn’t enjoy international holidays due to the spread of the coronavirus, they still tried to visit less crowded and more remote domestic destinations and celebrate the New Year with style.
If in 2019 travelers from the UK were mostly staying at 1 to 3.5-star hotels for New Year Eve, they changed to 4 and 5-star hotels in 2020. London was still the top choice same as a year ago, driving at least some guests to empty hotels in London. Famous for its internationally acclaimed Hogmanay celebrations, Edinburgh occupied second place. Manchester, which was the second most popular destination in 2019, landed on the fourth spot in 2020. Liverpool scored third. The capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast, and Harrogate, a charming spa destination, appeared in the top ten destinations while Chester and York didn’t get into the list.
Unlike travelers from the UK, US tourists remained loyal to 1 to 3.5-star hotels. 4 and 5-star hotels were the second most popular, and non-hotel accommodations occupied the third place. Same as a year ago, Las Vegas was the most sought-after destination in 2020, followed by Orlando and New York that scored second and third respectively, pushing down Los Angeles and Chicago (2nd and 3rd in 2019).