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Indians opting for foreign holidays this summer

People play football at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro. Rio is one of the most expensive cities in an astoundingly expensive Brazil (Source: Reuters) People play football at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro. Rio is one of the most expensive cities in an astoundingly expensive Brazil (Source: Reuters)
Indo-Asian News Service | New Delhi | Posted: June 11, 2014 12:32 pm | Updated: June 11, 2014 12:34 pm

Travelling to international destinations for a holiday is the flavour this summer amongst Indians, according to a new trend report.

Global travel search site Skyscanner Tuesday released a series of travel trends, which show that Indians are keen to escape from the scorching heat and are turning to overseas travel this summer season.

While international destinations have seen a whopping 101 percent growth in volume searches, findings for domestic destinations have seen a rise of 60 percent over January to April 2014 compared to the same period last year, said a statement.

“Indians have become more experimental when it comes to travel this summer season. In the spirit of exploration, they are looking for longer, more expensive trips and are searching for newer destinations,” said Kavitha Gnanamurthy, senior marketing manager, Skyscanner India.

Morocco, Bhutan, Greenland, Thailand and UAE are Indians’ most popular summer holiday destinations this year. Also, Croatia’s glamour and old-fashioned authenticity makes it one of the most popular European countries amongst Indians.

Skyscanner’s data suggests that Indian travellers are becoming increasingly adventurous with their travel choices.

Bhutan, a popular but remote backpacking route located at the eastern end of the Himalayas, has witnessed a staggering 244 percent increase in overall searches. Another destination that has gained traction amongst destination searches is Morocco, witnessing a 261 percent increase in searches compared to last year over the same period.

Known for its Roman architecture, serene coastal landscape and mountains, Croatia emerged to be one of the most searched European countries with a year on year growth of 152 percent.

Far Northern European countries including Greenland and Iceland emerged as exotic summer getaway options with a 210 percent year on year growth.

Within India, travellers are looking at exploring destinations such as Srinagar, Goa, Kochi and Port Blair.

Skyscanner’s trend conclusions are based on consumer search data for flights on the company’s website in between January and April 2013 and the same period in 2014.

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