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March 27, 2018 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Tokyo steals the top spot for most popular Easter travel destinations among Asia-Pacific travelers in 2018, a title held by Manila last year, according to global online booking platform agoda.

Tokyo has increased in popularity in recent years, having moved up from 7th place in 2016 to 1st place this year. Easter typically falls within Japan’s renown Sakura (cherry blossom) season, which runs from late March to mid-April. Coupled with Easter-themed celebrations in some of Tokyo’s most popular amusement parks, Easter egg hunts and other pop-up events, the city has a lot of seasonal attractions to offer visitors traveling Easter weekend.

Manila, which takes third place this year, is consistently popular with Asia-Pacific travelers, remaining in the top three spots year on year. With the largest Christian population in Asia-Pacificthe Philippinesobserves public holidays the Thursday and Friday before Easter Sunday. There is no shortage of religious and seasonal events, from street festivals to special Church services, making Manila a top destination for travelers celebrating Easter.

Other destinations such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur have dipped in popularity, dropping from 1st and 4th place in 2016 to 5thand 8th place in 2018, respectively. Bali, which dipped to 6th place last year, has reclaimed its top five spot this year at 4th place.

Top ten Easter weekend destinations for Asia-Pacific travelers

2016

2017

2018

1.      Singapore

1.      Manila, Philippines

1.      Tokyo, Japan

2.      Manila, Philippines

2.      Bangkok, Thailand

2.      Bangkok, Thailand

3.      Bangkok, Thailand

3.      Singapore

3.      Manila, Philippines

4.      Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

4.      Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

4.      Bali, Indonesia

5.      Bali, Indonesia

5.      Tokyo, Japan

5.      Singapore

6.      Cebu, Philippines

6.      Bali, Indonesia

6.      Seoul, South Korea

7.      Hong Kong

7.      Hong Kong

7.      Taipei, Taiwan

8.      Tokyo, Japan

8.      Johor Bahru, Malaysia

8.      Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

9.      Johor Bahru, Malaysia

9.      Cebu, Philippines

9.      Hong Kong

10.  Batam Island, Indonesia

10.  Seoul, South Korea

10.  Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Bali has held the number one spot for Easter travel among Aussie travelers since 2016 and continues to be a popular holiday spot given families can travel overseas together inexpensively compared to other destinations. Bali has natural beauty, diverse outdoor activities, as well as bargain food and shopping options, so it’s no wonder why Bali has become a staple destination for many Aussies.

International travel for Easter is on the rise as more foreign destinations fill the top ten spots for Australian travelers. In 2016, six out of ten of the top Easter destinations were all within Australia; three years on, only three Aussie destinations remained. The most popular domestic destinations year on year are SydneyMelbourne and the Gold Coast.

Top ten Easter weekend destinations for Australians

2016

2017

2018

1.      Bali, Indonesia

1.      Bali, Indonesia

1.      Bali, Indonesia

2.      Sydney, Australia

2.      Sydney, Australia

2.      Tokyo, Japan

3.      Melbourne, Australia

3.      Melbourne, Australia

3.      Sydney, Australia

4.      Gold Coast, Australia

4.      Gold Coast, Australia

4.      Melbourne, Australia

5.      Bangkok, Thailand

5.      Bangkok, Thailand

5.      Bangkok, Thailand

6.      Singapore

6.      Tokyo, Japan

6.      Phuket, Thailand

7.      Brisbane, Australia

7.      Phuket, Thailand

7.      Singapore

8.      Perth, Australia

8.      Singapore

8.      Gold Coast, Australia

9.      Phuket, Thailand

9.      Brisbane, Australia

9.      Hong Kong

10.  Adelaide, Australia

10.  Pattaya, Thailand

10.  Pattaya, Thailand

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