Skyscanner’s Travel Trends Report is an analysis of three years’ data from Indian travellers, dating back to 2013.
The report revealed that among the countries listed, Singapore records the highest growth with a whopping 202 per cent average increase in searches since 2013. The Lion city-state draws the attention of travellers from across India due to relaxed visa regulations, diverse culture and its multitude of tourist attractions. Skyscanner expects continued growth in 2017, with its easy flight connections and multiple airlines flying to Singapore.
Australia has emerged as an ambitious contender for the top spot with 67 per cent increase in searches since 2013, it added. Other countries that made top five are Malaysia (46 per cent), Maldives (22 per cent) and South Africa (11 per cent), respectively.
While Malaysia and Maldives have been popular holiday choices in the past, South Africa coming in the top five underlines the Indian travellers’ adventurous streak to seek uncharted destinations, it opined.
India has become one of the world’s fastest-growing outbound travel markets. There were over 20 million Indian outbound travelers in 2015, likely to grow to 50 million in 2020. International tourism expenditure by Indians likely to grow to US$ 30 billion in 2020. Also India is blessed with 850 million domestic tourists, many with potential to travel abroad.