More Malaysians are confident and optimistic about travelling as Shopee noted a two-third increase in travel bookings for buses and flights on its platform in the first two weeks of January 2022 as compared to the same period in December 2021. In particular, an uptick of 10 times was observed for Chinese New Year travel dates from 24 January to 2 February 2022.
These, according to Kenneth Soh, Head of Marketing Campaigns at Shopee Malaysia, signal Malaysians’ optimism in travel. They appear to be taking necessary precautions to reunite with their families and loved ones as observed by increased demand for face masks and ShopeePay Vouchers for Covid-19 test kits on the platform.
”It is encouraging to see the recovery of the travel industry on Shopee as people start to make travel plans again. We will continue to work closely with our travel partners to provide a seamless, safe, and stress-free booking experience for flights, buses and hotels on our platform so Malaysians will have a memorable and enjoyable reunion this Chinese New Year.”
Shopee is partnering with Agoda, Airpaz and Easybook.com to fulfil travellers’ needs with the CNY Travel Campaign from now till 26 January 2022. Malaysians can book their way home for a reunion while enjoying a 10% discount (capped at RM20) on bus tickets, hotel, or flight bookings via the Tickets, Top-Ups & Bills in-app portal on Shopee.
Users who booked during the campaign period will automatically be enrolled into a lucky draw where they stand to win the grand prize of a 3D/2N stay at Camar Langkawi Resort with RM250 Flights Voucher. Tips for safe travelling can also be found on the microsite campaign.
Echoing Soh, Wesley Wijaya, Vice President of Business Development, Airpaz said they were projecting a 100% increase in air travel bookings for January 2022 on both its platform and Shopee, compared to December last year.
“We are expecting a positive rebound as people are now more confident in travelling given the increase in vaccination rate, and reopening of travel routes. We hope that air travel will fully recover by the end of 2022,” he said.
According to William Lee, Managing Director at Easybook.com, they noted an uptrend for bus bookings as there are only two weeks left till the Chinese New Year festival with top destinations including Penang, Perak, KL and Johor There is also a 20 times more demand on Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) bus tickets for CNY.
“We saw a decline in travels during the CNY festivities last year due to the lockdown and are expecting the sales of bus tickets to surge leading up to Chinese New Year this year,” said Lee who also recommended travellers to conduct a Covid-19 self test before heading back to their hometown to prevent the spreading of virus to their family members or high-risk groups.
“Travel optimism and hope is returning this Lunar New Year, and travellers can find some great value deals on our platform whether they plan to travel with family and friends to a beach villa or take a couples’ staycation in the city. This partnership with Shopee makes travel even more accessible, and as seamless and hassle-free as possible,” said Cleland Robertson, Country Director, Malaysia & Brunei, Agoda.
Shopee also announced its Shopee CNY Sale that is happening till 2 February. The sale will treat Malaysians to free shipping with a minimum spend of RM8, 88% off Bonus where users will enjoy 88% discount vouchers on CNY products and a chance to win RM8,888 Ang Pow when they play the Shopee Fortune Quiz during the Shopee Live session at 8PM daily.
Ring in more rewards this Chinese New Year with ShopeePay. From 18 January to 7 February, ShopeePay users will stand a chance to win up to 8,888 Shopee coins when they transfer a minimum of RM2.88 via the e-Ang Pow feature to their families and friends.
Users may also enjoy up to RM8 cashback and earn up to 12% coins cashback when they pay using ShopeePay at selected merchants. On top of that, for a minimum top up of RM30 into the ShopeePay wallet, users can stand to win up to 88,888 Shopee coins.
Spend quality time with loved ones while tuning in to Shopee’s CNY TV Show on Shopee Live and 8TV from 10PM on 24 January. Hosted by Royce Tan and Orange Tan, the show will feature local celebrities such as Gaston Pong, JE Pong, Priscilla Abby and Uriah as they compete with one another in Shopee Fortune Quiz.
Fans can vote for their favourite teams and stand a chance to win up to 888,888 Shopee Coins. Users can also participate in Shopee Quiz and Shopee Shake on the Shopee app to win exciting gifts such as Logitech Gaming Headset, Le Creuset French Oven, and Dyson Tower Fan and cash prizes up to RM8,888.