No leave from work, high airfares hit Indian holidayers
However, the number of domestic holidayers remained stable in comparison to last year with hill stations being the most favoured destination, followed by beaches, according to the study by travel portal TripAdvisor.
A number of factors played spoilsport for holidaymakers this year, of which inflation, high airfares and lack of leave were primary, the annual travel roundup 2012 and
holiday forecast for 2013 by TripAdvisor said.
Apart from these, holiday plans clashing with official or personal commitments was another big reason that made holidayers cancel their trips.
The portal, which conducted its second annual India Travel Trends Survey for 2013 among its online respondents, found that those gone for 'international vacation' were 50 per cent this year compared to last year's 64 per cent.
"Rising airfares, high hotel room costs and persistent inflation appear to be the main issues daunting holiday goers this year and travellers have expressed their concern about these trends continuing in the coming year," said Nikhil Ganju, country manager of TripAdvisor India.
About 60 per cent respondents said they made some kind of change to their travel plans, out of which 17 per cent cancelled a domestic trip and 16 per cent reduced the duration of their trip.
Eleven per cent of the respondents cancelled a foreign holiday, 21 per cent were forced to change their destination and
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