The most preferred destinations among Indian travellers during 2015-2016 range across continents with a mix of the Asia Pacific, Europe and Middle East, according to global travel search engine, Skyscanner. It has also revealed the most trending destinations among Indian travellers for New Year getaways.
Skyscanner has drawn comparisons between travel searches from 2015 and 2016, highlighting the places where Indian travellers will be ushering in 2017. Crunching numbers from over 50 million users every month, New Zealand emerged as a favourite among Indian travellers, witnessing a growth of 52 per cent in travel searches from last year. With a host of airlines offering economical deals to the country, New Zealand is now well within the reach of the aspriring traveller.
Neighbouring Australia was the second most searched destination and recorded an increase of 47 per cent in travel searches compared to last year. Closer to home, Malaysia saw a rise of 28 per cent in travel searches and the United Kingdom, recorded a 15 per cent surge in searches since 2015.
While the rest of country chose New Zealand, Skyscanner put the spotlight on travel emanating for New Year from Delhi. Data study revealed that Australia is the preferred holiday spot for Delhiites, with a YoY increase of 120 per cent in searches. This is followed by travel queries for Malaysia and France which rose 101 per cent and 42 per cent respectively.
Reshmi Roy, growth manager, Skyscanner, said, “It is exciting to witness a change in the perspective of the Indian travellers. One of the recent surveys divulged Indians as the most adventurous travellers and now our data study further strengthens the insight. Moving away from the clichéd holiday spots, Indians are willing to travel far and wide for seasonal holidays. Distance and budget are no longer considered constraints to plan a holiday.”