Flight bookings from Hong Kong jump 400% on travel site

HONG KONG — Trip.com’s Hong Kong website saw a nearly 400% increase in overseas flight orders over the weekend compared to Sept. 17-18, the agency said on Monday. online travel after the city government announced an easing of virus-related travel restrictions, including scrapping hotel quarantine.

Most of the orders were for the National Day long weekend in early October and Christmas, with short-haul trips to Asia proving popular. The average length of overseas hotel reservations for Hong Kong travelers is three to four days, said Eddy Yip, Trip.com’s e-commerce manager for Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The top five flight destinations are Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka, with orders for the latter up 7,300% from the previous weekend, Yip said in an emailed statement.

Shares of Hong Kong-listed Trip.com rose 6.7% on Monday, building on Friday’s 5.1% gain.

There was a 155% increase over the previous weekend in inbound flight orders to Hong Kong, while the average hotel booking in the city is around five days.

“Travellers from overseas countries may need more time to digest and react to the ‘0+3’ policy,” Yip said, referring to restrictions within the first three days of arriving in Hong Kong, such as a ban on entering bars and restaurants. .

Trip.com is “convinced” that inbound tourism will rise sharply in the fourth quarter, Yip said.

Meanwhile, the co-founder and COO of Klook Travel Technology said Japan was the top choice among customers, followed by Thailand.

Lots of people are taking advantage of the October long weekend, Mr. Eric Gnock Fah said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. They “can’t wait to get back on the road,” he said. BLOOMBERG

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