Where will you be ringing in the new year? Well, according to a survey by travel search engine Skyscanner, the land of hobbits and adventure sports has emerged as a favourite among Indian travellers to usher in the coming year. Traditionally, Indian travellers have preferred European and American destinations for year-end holidays, but the last couple of years have seen a subtle shift towards South-East Asian destinations, and this year New Zealand seems to be the IT spot.
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Skyscanner drew comparisons between travel searches from 2015 and 2016, highlighting the places where Indian travelers will be ushering in 2017. Crunching numbers from over 50 million users every month, New Zealand emerged as a clear favourite, witnessing a growth of 52 per cent in travel searches from last year. Though the country is known to be a rather expensive holiday destination, a host of economical deals by airlines may have contributed to the country coming within the reach of the aspiring traveller.
Interestingly, Taranaki in New Zealand has been listed as the second offbeat regions to be explored in 2017 by Lonely Planet.
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The survey also found that Australia came a close second in terms of most-searched destination, recording an increase of 47 per cent in travel searches compared to last year. Malaysia also saw a rise of 28 per cent, while the UK recorded a 15 per cent surge in searches since 2015.
“It is exciting to witness a change in the perspective of the Indian travellers. One of recent surveys divulged Indians as the most adventurous travellers and now our data study further strengthens the insight. Moving away from the clichéd holiday spots, Indians are willing to travel far and wide for seasonal holidays. Distance and budget are no longer considered constraints to plan a holiday,” said Reshmi Roy, Growth Manager at Skyscanner, in a statement.
Apparently, among Indians, Delhiites slightly bucked the trend, since travel searches regarding the Land Down Under emerged on top, with a whopping 120 per cent increase over last year.
So, again, what are your New Year plans?