Meaningful travel preferred by Filipinos

“WE miss traveling too” billboard by Airbnb. / Photograph courtesy of AIRBNB

In a recent survey commissioned by vacation lodging platform Airbnb, Filipinos prefer to travel this year with their families in a safe and mindful manner.

The findings, supported by international data analytics firm YouGov, note that health and safety protocols and affordability are the factors that Filipinos are will consider when traveling. Fifty-three percent of the respondents expressed their desire to travel to less crowded and off-the-beaten-path destinations.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns across the country have further strengthened the close ties of the pamilyang Pilipino. We believe that travel is resilient and will bounce back in time. We anticipate that unique and family-friendly travel will serve as the impetus for domestic tourism recovery,” said Amanpreet Bajaj, Airbnb general manager for Southeast Asia, India, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Superhost Stay in the Philippines. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF AIRBNB

Filipinos are inclined to do road trips post-pandemic, with beachside destinations topping Filipinos’ bucket list for 2021, added Airbnb. Boracay tops the list, followed by Palawan, Baguio, Siargao and Tagaytay.

Safe stay

Airbnb introduced its global “Enhanced Cleaning” initiative for its hosts. The program is the first standardized protocol for cleaning and sanitization in the home — sharing industry, as endorsed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and former US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.


“Our topmost priority is the safety of our guests and hosts. Our aim is to make sure that we are there for the community. Airbnb’s hosting community is its biggest strength, having more than four million hosts,” Bajaj said.

He added that Airbnb intends to work closely with key policymakers and industry stakeholders in finding ways to make traveling in the Philippines safe again.

Bajaj added “We aim to continue to be a strategic partner. We are educating awareness about the Airbnb platform by sharing some of our learnings on our best global practices while engaging with the respective tourism board to create a sustainable way to move forward.”

BORACAY island tops Filipino travelers’ bucket list. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF UNSPLASH/JANWALTERLUIGI

SIARGAO is in the list of places Filipinos want to visit. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF UNSPLASH/ALEJANDROLUENGO


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