According to a study released by Cox & Kings, the demand for overseas vacations has soared up by 22 per cent while domestic holidays have surged by 20 per cent. As most of the holiday bookings are done 2-3 months in advance, those who wish to go for an international vacations in April-May have already started zeroing on their travel destinations.
Just like the past couple of years, Europe is top trending destination (all-inclusive group tour starting from INR 72143 only) followed by Far East (INR 58110), South Africa (INR 149999) and Egypt (INR 62324). For Europe, South Africa and Australia/New Zealand (INR 164582) mostly group tours are preferred as it makes the holiday pocket-friendly. Whereas for Far East, travellers prefer both- group and individual tours depending on their convenience.
Most of the family travellers prefer group itineraries that are all inclusive. The most popular family attractions in Europe include Euro Disney Park, Asterix Park (France), Kuekenhof, Volendam (Netherlands), river cruises in Paris, Amsterdam, Venice and cable car rides at Aiguille Du Midi/ Mount Titlis. The European regions that are high on demand are Mount Cox & Kings and Glacier 3000 in Switzerland, Chamonix in France, Rome, Venice (Italy) Salzburg, Innsbruck (Austria) and Berlin, Stuttgart (Germany).
However, well-heeled travellers are showing keen interest in exotic destinations like Cambodia, Greece, Turkey, Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, Egypt, Kenya and Tanzania. Freestyle cruises in Singapore are grabbing the attention of Indian travellers this year as well. In addition to Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, budget travellers are also seem interested in Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka being closer to the home country.
This year more number of travellers are seeking for easy EMI option especially for international holidays. Easy EMI option is making the dream of overseas vacation come true for many middle class Indian families.
In the domestic market Himachal, Sikkim-Darjeeling, Bhutan, Ladakh and Kerala are picking up the most. There is also a demand for 100 per cent veg kitchen group tours from vegetarian travellers. The tours offer tasty vegetarian food varieties prepared by specially appointed Maharaj (Chef).