The Jakarta Post
Last year, the site saw a 100 percent increase in searches about Seoul by Indonesian users. (Shutterstock/File)
Travel-related search site Skyscanner has announced that Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, was the most-searched for destination by Indonesian travelers in 2016.
The conclusion reflects the number of searches made by Indonesian users on the site in 2016 compared to the number of searches made in 2015.
Last year, the site saw a 100 percent increase in searches about Seoul by Indonesian users. Japan’s Tokyo and Osaka also saw 66 percent and 60 percent increases, respectively, while Malaysia’s Penang recorded a 60 percent increase.
Skyscanner’s Senior Marketing Manager for Indonesia Yulianto Balawan said such statistics were a natural result of the ease of visa restrictions for Indonesia by Japan and South Korea.
“This has made trips to those countries become simpler and more seamless for Indonesians and this will help these destinations grow in popularity in 2017,” Yulianto said.
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Meanwhile, local destinations such as Belitung and Solo also gained increased interest over the year. Skyscanner recorded a 90 percent increase in interest toward Belitung, while Solo saw a 79 percent increase in interest. “This suggests an appetite for off-the-beaten-path experiences and authentic local lifestyle experiences.”
Aside from revealing the destinations predicted to pique the interest of Indonesian travelers in 2017, Skyscanner also commented on Indonesian traveling trends.
“Indonesian travelers are becoming savvier. They want to have the independence to plan their own trip and they are always looking for the best promo fares and cheapest prices,” Yulianto said.
Skyscanner is a website owned by China’s biggest online travel service Ctrip.com. It allows users to compare the prices of airfares, hotels, as well as rental cars from hundreds of travel sites. (asw)