It is always a dream of every Indian that he / she will go abroad for holidays and visit the destinations, which they have been watching in movies only. With the boom of tour operators and travel agencies in tourism, the competitive offers offered by them have truly lured the potential travelers to visit their dream destinations at cheapest prices. In fact, some countries have lowered their visa rules, like, visa-on-arrival to make travelers easier to visit their country.
As per studies, most of the Indians who choose to travel abroad in the last few years, visited Singapore, Thailand and Dubai. Whether it is for work, holiday or study, the Indians chose these three destinations. In fact, they seem to be fiercely loyal to these destinations in the near future as well, because of the easy access, and cheap travel fares that are being offered by different travel operators.
The travel specialists have even forecasted that the flow of Indian travelers to these neighbor countries will grow stronger even much more by the year 2017. As per the statistics, one in four Indian travelling abroad will certainly plan to head to one of these three places. In addition, the studies also say that by the year 2017, approx. Rs 76,400 crore will be spent on travel across the world, amidst which Rs 18,010 crore will be spent on these three destinations only.
Way back in 2007, Indians travelled in a different way, in which the top four travel destinations were Singapore, followed by the UAE, Thailand and US. Then, from the year 2007 to 2012, the way of travelling by Indians changed drastically. This change owes its significance to the lucrative and cheap offers provided by competitive tour operators and Indian low-cost airlines launched flights to neighborhood foreign destinations.
Later, various online travel portals like, EaseMyTrip.com flourished, which has cooled and redefined the travelling into – “cheap holidays” with its cheapest air tickets, holiday packages, and hotel bookings. Subsequently, the social media networks also became popular and holidays were marketed enormously through them to reach the young audience. As per reports, the year 2012 saw a 10% growth in the number of holidays planned abroad, and travelers with income of Rs 5 lakh or above to go for international trips for leisure.
For instance, tour packages are of amounting Rs. 25,000-30,000 has made outbound trips more affordable to Indian travelers who love to travel abroad. In fact, many consumers whom had never previously been able to afford to travel out of the country due to budget constraints, these cheap holiday offers and plethora of online travel portals.