With non-essential travel still largely curtailed around the world, the hunger for a vacation is palpable. That desire to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is evident in Singaporeans, many of whom have staycation plans booked.
The rise of staycations in Singapore comes to no surprise. While Singaporeans were once flocking to far-flung exotic destinations, they now find themselves cloistered in much closer quarters on their sunny little island.
1. Demand for staycations continues to rise
The demand for staycations continue to soar in Singapore as these mini retreats give locals a much needed respite from routine and offer a sense of escapism.
A study recently published by Tripadvisor revealed that 86% of Singaporeans surveyed plan to book at least one local trip in the next coming two months. 33% of Singaporeans are planning at least two staycations and 12% have plans for three or more.
2. Longer staycations are the rage now
At the start of the pandemic, single night staycations were all the rage as Singaporeans sought a temporary measure to get away from their own homes. However, with the extended lockdowns and prolonged work-from-home policies put in place for a large part of this year, an increasing number of Singaporeans seem to be looking for a longer escape from the daily grind.
In fact, the findings from the study have shown that only 13% of staycationers indicated their plans for a one-night stay, while 59% are looking for a stay of a longer duration that ranges from two to five days.
3. Clean (Covid-19 safe) hotels are in high demand
When it comes to scouring for hotels to book online, Singaporeans gravitate toward hotels that do not offer stay-home-notice (SHN) facilities. Many hotels in Singapore have turned into dedicated SHN facilities to accommodate locals or travellers who have been placed in in isolation.
4. Amenities are taken into consideration prior to booking
Hotels outfitted with restaurants, bars, lounges and spas are popular staycation destinations as guests are more inclined to treat themselves to lavish feasts, an evening with bespoke cocktails and deep tissue massages.
Close to 35% of these local vacationers shared that they are prepared to spend more to get a better experience out of their staycations than they did post-Covid-19.
5. Family-friendly and mid-range hotels are trending
Gone are the days when staycations were mostly considered a couple’s retreat. Families are flocking to hotels that offer fun family-friendly amenities to spend some quality time with the ones they love, in a different place outside of their normal routines. At the same time, guests seek mid-range hotels to get the most bang for their buck.