As the year-end approaches rapidly and with the holiday season looming large, most Indian travellers with plans for vacations overseas during the Festive Season are rapidly firming up their bookings, says online accommodation reservation firm, Booking.com.
Dubai tops the list of international destinations in terms of searches for bookings during the period December 24 to January 2, 2023, says Booking.com. The Emirate is followed by Thai capital Bangkok and Singapore, says the survey made through Booking.com for the holiday period this year.
In a press statement, the company says that as December officially marks the beginning of the holiday season, it has released its latest search data trends that sheds light on Indian travellers’ preferred destinations overseas during this time. It adds that with most travel restrictions lifted and the world opening up again, it marks a promising return of travel for Indian travellers who are ready to get back out there and make the most of their holidays.
“As per the Booking.com APAC Travel Confidence Index released earlier, beach, nature or mountains and road trips are among the top 5 most preferred trip types by Indian travellers and this is reflective in the most searched destinations for the upcoming holiday season. Exploring the world is back on the list again for Indians. When it comes to international travel, Indians are searching for metropolitan cities to celebrate the festive season and ring in the new year. Bangkok and Singapore continue to be South-East Asia’s most popular destinations, while Dubai remains at the top as the most popular destination for Indian travellers,’’ says the statement.
The key European capitals, London and Paris, figure next in the list, followed by Patong Beach Thailand, Maldives, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Phuket in Thailand and Ubud in Bali that brings up the 10 most searched destinations in India.
Booking.com says that when it comes to the top 15 searched destinations searched by global travellers overall for the holiday season, Paris, London and Dubai are the most searched destinations. These are followed by Amsterdam, Rome, Tokyo, Barcelona, Prague, Vienna and New York.
“The last few years have taught us that travel should not be taken for granted. After two years of travel restrictions, travellers are feeling overwhelmingly more optimistic about travelling. It is encouraging to see Indian travellers exploring different destinations both within India and abroad with a more positive outlook towards travel. As people remain enthusiastic and book their holidays, Booking.com will continue to make it easier for everyone to create their unique travel memories as they experience what these different destinations have to offer during the year end and beyond,” says Santosh Kumar, Country Manager, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia at Booking.com.