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Market specific highlights from the MasterIndex of Travel Survey Results - Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam - Page 4 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.

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

3% year-on-year growth
3 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 the internet (56.5%), followed by travel guides/ travel books/ travel brochures (47.2%), and familiarity with place (41.5%).

Top concerns for travelers when traveling to a foreign destination were fear of losing ones passport (45.5%), followed by being cheated (42.3%) and getting lost (40.7%).

The main activities travelers engaged in when traveling were entertainment (60.2%), followed by experiencing different cultures (45.9%) and general sightseeing and scenic spots (45.5%).

Most preferred shopping items for travelers when abroad included luxury items/jewelleries/branded goods (55.7%) apparel and personal effects (52.8%), and food items (47.2%).

The favorite personal travel destination for Singaporean travelers was Hong Kong (38.2%).

Survey on Business Travel

16.3% of business travelers said that over the last 12 months, there was the need to travel more compared to the previous period.

China (42.4%) was the most frequently visited destination, followed by Malaysia (26.7%) and India (22.1%).

Majority of business travelers (39.5%) used a travel arrangement company arranged for by their company for making business travel arrangements.

Singapore Airlines (82%) was the most preferred airline for business travel, followed by Thai Airways (2.9%).

International four-star hotels (56.4%) were most preferred for business travel, followed by international five-star spa and resorts (17.4%) and three-star/medium priced hotels (15.1%).

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

3.6% year-on-year growth
4.6 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 the Internet (63.5%), followed by travel/ lifestyle magazine/ newspapers (39.7%) and word of mouth (38.5%).

Top concerns for travelers when traveling to a foreign destination were losing ones passport (63.5%), followed by losing ones credit cards/ bank cards (59.6%) and security and safety issues (55.1%).

The main activities travelers engaged in when traveling were general sightseeing and scenic spots (91.7%), followed by rest and relaxation and experiencing different cultures (87.2% each).

Most preferred shopping items for travelers when abroad included local souvenirs/antiques/arts and crafts (62.8%), apparel and personal effects (53.2%) and food items (52.6%).

The favorite personal travel destination for Taiwanese travelers was Japan (61.5%).

Survey on Business Travel

26.8% of business travelers said that over the last 12 months, there was the need to travel more compared to the previous period.

China (55.4%) was the most frequently visited destination, followed by Japan (28.6%) and Hong Kong/ Singapore (12.5% each).

Majority of business travelers (35.7%) make their own travel arrangement.

A range of other airlines (including Air Aisa, Air France, Bangkok Airways, Far Eastern Air Tran, Gulf Air, Japan Asia Airways, Merpati Airways, Qatar Airways, South African Airways, Swiss International Airlines, Swiss, Tiger Airways, Turkey Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways) (8.9%) were the most preferred for business travel, followed by Singapore Airlines (5.4%).

International four-star hotels (33.9%) were most preferred for business travel, followed by international five-star or higher end hotels (30.4%) and international five-star spa and resorts (14.3%).

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

4.3% year-on-year growth
1.7 million outbound travelers forecasted for the next six months

Survey on Personal Travel

Key sources of information used by travelers in planning their trips travel agents (48.4%), followed by word of mouth (34.5%) and travel/ lifestyle magazine/ newspapers (33.5%).

Top concerns for travelers when traveling to a foreign destination were security and safety issues followed by losing ones wallet/pocket book (24.6%) and running out of cash (21.4%).

The main activities travelers engage in when traveling were general sightseeing and scenic spots (59.4%), followed by shopping (57.7%) and rest and relaxation (50.2%).

Most preferred shopping items for travelers when abroad included local souvenirs/antiques/arts and crafts (73.3%), local apparel and personal effects (47.3%), and luxury items/jewelleries/branded goods (23.8%).

The favorite personal travel destination for Thai travelers was China (27%).

Survey on Business Travel

30.4% of business travelers said that over the last 12 months, there was the need to travel more compared to the previous period.

China (34.8%) was the most frequently visited destination, followed by Singapore (23.7%) and Hong Kong (17% each).

Majority of business travelers (58.5%) used company's in-house travel department when making business travel arrangements.

Thai Airways (58.5%) was the most preferred airline for business travel followed by Singapore Airlines (9.6%).

International four-star hotels (57.8%) were most preferred for business travel, followed by international five-star or higher end hotels (24.4%) and three-star/medium priced hotels (9.6%).

VIETNAM - No forecast being made for Vietnam

Survey on Personal Travel

Key sources of information used by travelers in planning their trips were travel agents (55.1%), followed by word of mouth (52.6%) and the internet (47.4%).

Top concerns for travelers when traveling to a foreign destination were security and safety issues (44.9%), followed by fear of losing ones passport (41%) and losing ones baggage/luggage (33.3%).

The main activities travelers engaged in when traveling were general sightseeing and scenic spots (76.9%), shopping (64.1%) and entertainment (57.7%).

Most preferred shopping items for travelers when abroad included local souvenirs/antiques/arts and crafts (78.2%), apparel and personal effects (62.8%) and electronic and audio visual products (48.7%).

The favorite personal travel destination for Vietnamese travelers was China (56.4%).

Survey on Business Travel

64.1% of business travelers said that over the last 12 months, there was the need to travel more compared to the previous period.

China (42.3%) was the most frequently visited destination, followed by Singapore (35.9%) and Thailand (30.8%).

Majority of business travelers (64.1%) used their companys in-house travel department when making business travel arrangements.

Vietnam Air (65.4%) was the most preferred airline for business travel followed by Singapore Airlines (14.1%).

International five-star or higher end hotels (32.1%) were most preferred for business travel, followed by three-star/medium priced hotels (28.2%) and international four-star hotels (20.5%).

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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