Namibia popular among French travellers

03 December 2020 | Tourism

ELLANIE SMIT



WINDHOEK

Namibia has been ranked as the fourth most popular travel destination for 2021 among French travellers.

This is according to a study by Tourlane, a leading online travel website for tailor-made vacations, that polled over 1 200 travellers on how the coronavirus pandemic impacted their travel behaviour this year and what travel trends are emerging next year.

Questions ranged from booking criteria to the most popular destinations to visit next year.

French travellers are officially allowed to travel again from 15 December; however, the results from the study showed that most people surveyed will not travel during this year.

Travel a top 2021 priority

“The majority of participants rated travel as a top priority for 2021, and a huge wave of bookings is expected in 2021,” according to a statement by Tourlane.

The study indicated that as soon as they can travel again, 68% of French people will choose a stay outside the European Union.

Five destinations are particularly popular - French Polynesia (23%), Costa Rica (19%), South Africa (17%), Namibia (16%) and Thailand (14%).

Unsurprisingly after many weeks of confinement, the call of nature is at the heart of travellers’ desires.

Safaris will be the most preferred holiday experience for French travellers who booked a trip in 2021 (23%) before active holidays (18%) and cruises (9%).

More than two thirds of international travellers (69%) prefer a destination that offers plenty of outdoor activities, while most travellers want to travel for about two to three weeks.

‘The year of the great outdoors’

While a total of 56% of French people rated travel as a top priority for 2021, four out of 10 are yet to book a trip in 2021, according to the study.

"The survey shows that 2021 will be the year of the great outdoors, so it is no surprise to see that Namibia, with its incredible range of safari options, as the fourth most popular destination for 2021,” said Helen Scheepers, head of sales at Tourlane.

“With so many participants rating travel as a top priority for 2021, we are so excited for the boom in ‘revenge travel’ to destinations like Thailand that is on the horizon.”

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