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Year in Review: Top Travel Trends for 2013 according to Skyscanner (Press Release)


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Skyscanner, the world’s fastest growing global travel search site releases its annual Travel Trends report revealing Asian countries are still popular travel destinations, with Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan making it to the top five outbound summer destinations for 2013. The Travel Trends list based on actual flight searches conducted on the travel website and its mobile apps this year revealed that the top ten outbound destinations visited by Filipinos in 2013 were Singapore, Hong Kong, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, South Korea, and Canada.


Meanwhile, the following key cities in the Philippines also received quite a number of domestic tourists: Manila, Cebu, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Davao.

Janet Ranola, Skyscanner Philippines Manager says, "The trends we saw this 2013 prove that Filipinos are becoming more reasonable yet adventurous travelers," and "The popularity of travel search engines such as Skyscanner makes flight search easier, possible, pocket-friendly, and convenient with just a click of a button.", she added.

Top Outbound summer destinations
(Bookings for travel between March-May 2013)
Countries
United States
Singapore
Hong Kong
United Kingdom
Japan
Thailand
United Arab Emirates
Canada
South Korea
Australia

While Manila is still the most popular Philippine destination, provinces known for its pristine beaches make it to the top ten local destinations.

Top Domestic Destinations 2013


It isn't that surprising that Kalibo and Caticlan make it to the list as its local government announced a 1.5 million tourist target this year, following the 1.2 million registered last year. Other popular provinces, Cebu and Puerto Princesa, Palawan, which have been attracting quite a few travellers over the past few years, receive top marks by making it to the top five destinations.

Looking into the New Year, Asian destinations still remain to be the most favored with Singapore taking the top spot as the leading outbound destination for Holy Week 2014. Joining that list are already popular destinations Hong Kong, Japan and Thailand. But Filipinos are venturing to other parts of the region with Malaysia, South Korea and Indonesia making it to the top 10. Due to the recent announcement of national flag carrier, Philippine Airlines, it comes as no surprise that the United Kingdom makes it to the list as the third long haul flight option after the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Top outbound destinations for  Holy Week 2014
(Searches for travel in April 13-April 19 2014)

Singapore
Hong Kong
United States
Japan
Thailand
South Korea
Australia
United Kingdom
Malaysia
Indonesia

"The results of our study show that traveling is already part of the Filipino lifestyle," adds Ranola. "In 2014, we are expecting an increase in the number of Filipinos booking and searching for top destinations and must-see places around the world."

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