Expedia Says Thai Travelers Top of Asia’s Frequent Flyers

Expedia Says Thai Travelers Top of Asia’s Frequent Flyers
Expedia Says Thai Travelers Top of Asia’s Frequent Flyers

Thais are the most frequent airline travelers in Asia, with an average of 10.1 flights per year, followed by Japanese and Indian travellers, according to global travel company Expedia’s new survey.

On average, travelers are taking five one-way flights per year, with personal flights (3.2 per year) accounting for two-thirds of these flights and another third being business trips (1.6 per year). Business travel is particularly high in Thailand (4.5), Japan (3.9) and India (3.6). Economy-class travel predominates, especially for personal trips, with US and Thai business travelers being the most likely to travel in premium economy or above.

Combining inattentive parents with seat kickers is most peeving Thais’ pet peeves when it comes to the most annoying in-flight habits don’t differ much from travelers from other parts of the world. As far as annoying passengers go, the worst in most markets are the seat kickers/bumpers/grabbers, chosen by a majority (51%) of global travelers (vs 37% in Thailand), followed by the aromatic passenger (43% globally vs 42% in Thailand), the inattentive parent (39% globally vs 34% in Thailand), the personal space violator (34% globally vs 43% in Thailand) and the audio insensitive (29% globally vs 31% in Thailand). Choosing to stay at big chain hotels seems to dominate in most markets as a first or second choice (69% globally vs 52% in Thailand), with boutique hotels (51% globally vs 44% in Thailand) and vacation/holiday rentals (34% globally vs 33% in Thailand) as the next most popular option.

WiFi connection is by far the most important hotel amenity for global travellers and is the top hotel amenity for Thai travelers at 71%, followed by complementary toiletries (34% globally vs 46% in Thailand), an in-room fridge (34% globally vs 45% in Thailand) and freebies such as spa credits and food/drink credits (47% in Thailand).

Expedia’s global flight and hotel etiquette study looked at the flight and hotel habits of more than 18,000 adults worldwide and included interviews with more than 600 adult travellers in Thailand. – Bangkok Post