Majority not keen to travel during New Year holidays: poll

Majority not keen to travel during New Year holidays: poll

The Phimai Historical Park in Phimai district, Nakhon Ratchasima province, is visited by tourists during the long holiday from Dec 10 to Dec 12 to mark Constitution Day. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)
The Phimai Historical Park in Phimai district, Nakhon Ratchasima province, is visited by tourists during the long holiday from Dec 10 to Dec 12 to mark Constitution Day. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)

A majority of people either will not travel during the long New Year holidays or are still undecided due to Covid-19 concerns, according a survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was conducted online on 1,304 people throughout the country from Dec 6-9 to compile travel plans over the New Year holidays.

Asked whether they would travel over the period, 40.57% said they would not, citing concerns over the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, economic problems and unfavourable traffic conditions. A further 34.35% said they definitely would, saying that they had been fully vaccinated, wanted to rest and relax and had planned their trips in advance. The rest, 25.08%, were still uncertain.

Asked to name the five provinces they most wanted to visit, Chiang Mai came first with 41.22%, followed by Chiang Rai with 25.68%, Prachuap Khiri Khan with 25.00%, Nan with 23.65% and Chon Buri with 20.27%.

Asked what should be done to promote tourism during the long New Year holidays, 64.42% said tour operators' health safety measures should be certified by the Public Health Ministry; 63.57% said the government should create confidence in measures against Covid-19 at tourist spots; 46.51% said the government should introduce more financial assistance programmes to promote tourism; 46.05% said tour operators should launch promotional campaigns; and 45.81% said people should be provided with subsidies for buying consumer goods.

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