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Market specific highlights from the MasterIndex of Travel Survey Results - Malaysia, New Zealand and The Philippines  - Page 3 of 4

Travel News Asia Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Market specific highlights from the MasterIndex of Travel Survey Results for the second half of 2007. The below results are listed alphabetically.

We have cut the results from the MasterIndex of Travel Survey into numerous pages: Page 1 features: Australia, China and Hong Kong, Page 2 features: Indonesia, Japan and Korea, Page 3 features: Malaysia, New Zealand and The Philippines, Page 4 features: Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

MALAYSIA - Forecast on Outbound Travel for the Second Half of 2007:

7.6% year-on-year growth
23.8 million outbound travelers forecasted for the next six months

Survey on Personal Travel

Key sources of information used by travelers in planning their trips were travel agents (69.8%), followed by internet (34.3%) and travel promotions/fairs (27.9%).

Top concerns for travelers when traveling to a foreign destination were security and safety issues (65.1%), followed by losing ones passport (56.4%) and losing ones baggage/ luggage (35.5%).

The main activities travelers engaged in when traveling were shopping (72.7%), entertainment (57%) and experiencing different cultures (40.7%).

Most preferred shopping items for travelers when abroad included local souvenirs/antiques/arts and crafts (58.7%), followed by apparel and personal effects (50%), and food items (48.3%).

The favorite personal travel destination for Malaysian travelers was Singapore (34.9%).

Survey on Business Travel

30% of business travelers said that over the last 12 months, there was the need to travel more compared to the previous period.

Singapore (72.5%) was the most frequently visited destination, followed by China (27.5%) and Thailand (17.5%).

Majority of business travelers (45%) use their companys in-house travel department to make their business travel plans.

Singapore Airlines (37.5%) was the most preferred airline for business travel.

International five-star or higher end hotels (40%) were most preferred for business travel, followed by international four-star hotels (27.5%) and international five-star spa and resorts (15%).

NEW ZEALAND - Forecast on Outbound Travel for the Second Half of 2007:

2.1% year-on-year growth
0.9 million outbound travelers forecasted for the next six months

Survey on Personal Travel

Key sources of information used by travelers in planning their trips were word of mouth (51.5%), their familiarity with the place (26%), followed by the Internet (17.2%).

Top concerns for travelers when traveling to a foreign destination were security and safety issues (26.6%), falling sick with no proper medical facilities (21.9%) and losing ones baggage/ luggage (18.9%).

The main activities travelers engaged in when traveling were general sightseeing and scenic spots (49.1%), visiting family/ relatives/ friends (41.4%), and shopping and rest and relaxation (33.7% each).

Most preferred shopping items for travelers when abroad included apparel and personal effects (60.9%), local souvenirs/antiques/arts and crafts (43.2%) and luxury items/ jewelleries/ branded goods (31.4%).

The favorite personal travel destination for New Zealander travelers was Australia (55%).

Survey on Business Travel

26.9% of business travelers said that over the last 12 months, there was the need to travel more compared to the previous period.

Australia (55.8%) was the most frequently visited destination, followed by China (19.2%), and Europe (17.3%).

Majority of business travelers (42.3%) make their own travel arrangement.

Singapore Airlines (19.2%) was the most preferred airline for business travel, followed by Qantas (15.4%).

International five-star or higher end hotels (50%) were most preferred for business travel, followed by international five-star spa and resorts and international four-star hotels (19.2% each).

PHILIPPINES - Forecast on Outbound Travel for the Second Half of 2007:

5.7% year-on-year growth
1 million outbound travelers forecasted for the next six months

Survey on Personal Travel

Key sources of information used by travelers in planning their trips were word of mouth (45.5%), followed by travel agents (27.3%) and the internet and travel promotions and fairs (22.7%).

Top concerns for travelers when traveling to a foreign destination were security and safety issues (45.5%), followed by not being able to get the right kind of food/drinking water (22.7%).

The main activities travelers engaged in when traveling were shopping and experiencing different cuisines (54.5% each), followed by visiting family/relatives/friends (50%).

Most preferred shopping items for travelers when abroad included apparel and personal effects (63.6%), electronic and audio visual products (40.9%) and local souvenirs/ antiques/ arts and crafts (36.4%).

Filipino travelers preferred traveling to Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand (36.4% each).

Survey on Business Travel

10% of business travelers said that over the last 12 months, there was the need to travel more compared to the previous period.

China (30%) was the most frequently visited destination, followed by Hong Kong and Thailand (20% each), and Japan and Singapore (15% each)

Majority of business travelers (80%) used a travel arrangement company arranged for by their company for making business travel arrangements.

Philippines Airlines (60%) was the most preferred airline for business travel, followed by Thai Airways (10%).

International five-star or higher end hotels and three-star/medium priced hotels (25% each) were most preferred for business travel, followed by international four-star hotels (20%) and local economy hotels (15%).

We have cut the results from the MasterIndex of Travel Survey into numerous pages: Page 1 features: Australia, China and Hong Kong, Page 2 features: Indonesia, Japan and Korea, Page 3 features: Malaysia, New Zealand and The Philippines, Page 4 features: Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

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