Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, today revealed that close to seven in ten (65%) Malaysians are looking forward to travelling locally. This is from the Visa Voice of the Consumer research which also indicates that almost half (40%) are looking to travel internationally for leisure by the middle of 2022.
The study also found that the top three considerations for Malaysian travellers to fuel their wanderlust include having received a vaccination (66%), stability of the COVID situation at their travel destination (66%), and a reduction of global cases of COVID infections (56%).
Country Manager for Visa Malaysia Ng Kong Boon says, “Even as state and country borders open for travel, personal safety remains a priority for consumers. Businesses, be it hotels, restaurants, transportation, or recreation, must continue to be nimble in managing restrictions and preventing future infection waves.
“One of the activities all travellers do regardless of destination is making payments. That is why digital payments will play a crucial role in both stimulating business recovery as well as limiting physical contact and the spread of infection.”
When it comes to the top overseas travel destinations, the majority of Malaysian travellers are keen to visit China, Australia, and Japan followed by neighbouring countries – Thailand, and Singapore.
When asked about their appetite for travel, only three in ten Malaysians said they were not interested in travel bubbles. More than half (54%) expressed interest in travelling within a bubble, but not in the immediate future, while 16 percent are eager to travel as soon as possible, once a travel bubble is available.