International trips by Indians to rise by 45 percent in 2015: Study

New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) The average number of international trips by Indians is set to increase by 45 percent in 2015, according to a study by travel site TripAdvisor.

The findings, based on the website traffic during the period January 1 to June 30, show that Indians definitely prefer travelling closer home with Asian cities dominating the ‘Top 20 Destinations’ and Asia being the ‘Top Continent’, a statement said.

Thailand takes number one spot in the ‘Top Countries’ category, while Dubai retained its number one position third time in a row as the top destination. The data revealed that in the ‘Emerging Destinations’ category, Greece’s Zakynthos topped the list followed by Maldives’ Furanafushi Island, and Seychelles’ Mahe Island.

When it comes to accommodation preferences, the study showed the trend of Indians moving away from being traditional holiday goers stayed more or less steady in comparison to 2014.

“Statistics show that 29 percent this year (versus 30 percent in 2014) favour options such as bed & breakfast, vacation rentals versus hotels (71 percent). This trend is further reflected in the global room rates data with 31 percent outbound Indians opting for rooms up to Rs.5,000,” the study said.

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