The gloomy economic outlook is unlikely to dim Hongkongers’ appetite to travel abroad, as 60 per cent of them plan to take three or more trips this year, with Japan, South Korea and Taiwan being the three most popular destinations, according to a local survey. The survey conducted by online travel company Travelzoo showed that, despite the economic slowdown, 62.7 per cent of the 633 Hong Kong-based respondents said they would spend about HK$20,000 on travel this year, up from 58 per cent in the company’s survey last year. Japan topped the list as favourite travel destination for Hongkongers this year, followed by South Korea and Taiwan. READ MORE: Hongkongers flock to Japan in record numbers as yen depreciates Vivian Hong, Travelzoo’s president for Asia Pacific, said: “Adverse economic conditions have not had a negative effect on the travel intentions of Hong Kong people.” She said Japan’s unique attractions and weakening currency had helped the island nation secure the top spot. Despite the wishes of many Hongkongers to get away from their busy city routines, a large number still preferred to stay online and have their smartphones charged at all times, the survey found. The survey posed the question: ‘If your baggage could accommodate only one additional item, what would you choose?’ READ MORE: Hong Kong to see flat growth in mainland China tourist numbers for next five years The most popular answer was a smartphone charger, selected by 31.7 per cent of the respondents. It was followed by a Wi-fi router and a camera. Despite the increasing visibility of selfie sticks at tourist attractions in recent years, only 0.9 per cent of Hongkongers named the portable devices in response to the question. As for the most popular travel interests, hot springs led the list, followed by food tasting and wine tasting. Shopping ranked fourth.