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Over 70% of Taiwanese plan to travel abroad over next 2 years: survey

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Taipei, Sept. 17 (CNA) A recent survey showed that more than 70 percent of Taiwanese plan to travel abroad over the next two years, with the figure highest for those in the 30-39 age group.

According to the latest survey released by marketing consulting firm Eastern Online Co., in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, around 50 percent of Taiwanese respondents plan to travel abroad within the next year, and more than 70 percent over the next two years.

Meanwhile, the survey indicates that compared to the same period in 2022, more than 20 percent of consumers plan to travel around Taiwan over the next week, even though the summer vacation period has ended, with around 21 percent considering a domestic trip soon.

In terms of age, the survey showed those in the 40-49 age group, who have greater flexibility in work time and more disposable income, are the most willing to travel domestically, while those aged 30-39 are the most eager to travel abroad.

People aged 20-29 years old are less willing to travel abroad because most have only recently started their careers and are more conservative about entertainment expenses, while people aged 50-59 have more interest in traveling both domestically and abroad, indicating there is business potential in senior tourism, the survey stated.

As of August, the survey showed that "domestic travel" placed third among a list of purchases Taiwanese consumers plan to make, behind "dining with family" and "dining and drinking with friends."

In response to the results, Wen Shih-yin (溫詩吟), head of marketing at Eastern Online Co., said that traveling in Taiwan is more convenient and safer for local consumers because they can make travel plans more easily and spend less time on transportation, adding that business opportunities for local "short trips" could be further developed in the future.

The results include a weekly and a monthly survey conducted by online questionnaire involving 500 and 1,000 people aged 20-59, from June 2021 to September 2023.

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