Malaysians Love Their Holidays - Study

Last update: 23/01/2018

By Suriani Razali

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 (Bernama) --A study by British Airways has found that Malaysians love their holidays.

Sixty-six per cent of the 2,000 respondents had taken two or more trips abroad in 2017, the airline said in a statement today, citing the study which was conducted to celebrate its January Special Promotion.

The study also found that while Malaysians value their holidays, five to nine days was the longest period they could afford to take for a holiday abroad in 2017.

Commissioned by British Airways and conducted between Dec 20 December, 2017 and Jan 4, 2018, the study covered 11 places around the world and surveyed people between the ages of 16 and 55 from Malaysia.

The study also found that the concern of work piling up (57 per cent), the fear to ask for that much time off (21 per cent) and the perception of being judged by colleagues (18 per cent) were the major put-offs for a longer break.

TWO-WEEK HOLIDAY DISCOURAGED

Additionally, 55 per cent of Malaysians felt that taking a two-week holiday was discouraged at their workplace, and 13 per cent thought that the practice was frowned upon even when company policy permits longer breaks.

The study shows that nearly 70 per cent of Malaysians thought about work and other commitments during their holidays, while more than half of the respondents said that they felt like they hadn´t properly switched off.

On the upside, the study also revealed that 76 per cent of Malaysians have left over holiday days at the end of the year. Over 50 per cent was saving up for a holiday which they didn´t take while 49 per cent was too busy to take time off.

Looking ahead in 2018, 64 per cent of Malaysians are planning for an Asian cultural break holiday while 68 per cent opt for a city break or beach holiday in Europe.

Seventy per cent of the respondents have gone back to the same holiday destinations for up to five times and 14 per cent of them said that they have been back to the same places for more than six to 10 times.

WORK COMMITMENT

British Airways´ country manager for Malaysia, Vivian Tan-Loh said: "The survey reaffirms Malaysians´ love for travel. One of the key findings, however, is that work commitment plays an important role in their choice of destination and length of vacation."

"Many find it hard to switch off and enjoy their time out of the office. While work commitment is laudable, I think it is important to acknowledge we all need time to unwind and relax in order to perform at our best.

"What I find particularly interesting is the high percentage of Malaysians returning to the same destinations. However, I am very pleased, but not surprised, that Europe is a favourite with 68 per cent Malaysians naming it as their holiday destination in 2018.

"Malaysians would, therefore, be happy to know that British Airways is offering huge savings for those who book their tickets on ba.com on or before Jan 29 for travel until Nov 30, 2018," added Tan-Loh.

British Airways says it is offering travellers great value fares from Malaysia to the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Latin America across all cabins. A return fare in World Traveller economy class from Kuala Lumpur to London starts from just RM2,956*.

For customers heading to other popular destinations such as Amsterdam in Europe or New York in North American, a return ticket in World Traveller economy class starts from just RM2,704 and RM4,749* respectively.

-- BERNAMA