Cheaper flight tickets, a burst of budget hotel deals and the stable rupee are the key factors that have driven the destination choices of Indian travellers this festive season. A survey conducted amongst 5098 respondents by an online travel portals highlights the outlook of Indian travelers planning their vacations this season. The survey reveals that an overwhelming 66% of respondents are planning to travel during the festival season, leveraging the long weekends over Diwali and Dussehra.
Travelers are looking at these weekends as the opportunity to escape from their monotonous city schedules to indulge in short getaways. While the hill stations and Goa have been highlighted as top choices amongst domestic destinations, Europe and Thailand top the list of most favored international destinations. One of the key findings of the survey is an emerging trend of luxury travel. The rupee stability has allowed a swooping 22.6 per cent to increase their spending capacity to spend above Rs. 50,000 per person on travel. Though most of the travelers are spending time and money planning an international vacation, travelers are also embarking on domestic travel for shorter trips which are considerably more affordable.
Another key observation derived out of the survey was about Indian travelers preferring to travel with their families during festivals with 47.4% choosing to do this.
The trend of booking in advance continues be on rise with a whopping number of 68% people booking more than 15 days prior to their travel date. The data suggests desktops and mobile to be the preferred medium of booking and showcases a steep decline in demand for travel agents with the number being a mere 10.6%. Also, more than 60% of the travellers prefer credit card as the mode of payment.» Read Complete News.....