Asia new favorite for Indian travelers: Survey

Singapore-MerlionMUMBAI: Asian destinations like Singapore, Dubai and Thailand are fast emerging as the favorite destinations for Indian travelers, pushing the US, Australia and Mauritius to the back-burner as expenses are spiraling with fall in rupee’s exchange value, says a survey.
“Singapore, Dubai and Thailand are replacing the US, Australia and Mauritius as top three choices due to rising costs,” an ICICI-Lombard survey said here.

As per the survey, factors like a sharp fall in the rupee, expensive overseas travel and rising air travel have contributed towards this change of preference among travelers.

The survey covered Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Indore, with inputs coming in from 1,043 participants.
The survey further said that while beaches, landscapes, historical and heritage sites seem to be the top consideration for overseas travel, safety and security are also gaining importance.

Interestingly, while the US is considered the safest country by travelers, China is perceived to be least safe.
“China is seen as the most unsafe country and the US is considered the safest by domestic travelers. Similarly, Singapore ranks tops in tourist infrastructure, while Sri Lanka is placed in the bottom on this front.

It also said majority of the travelers prefer to travel with their families.thai-distination
On the cost side, the survey reveals that while the US is the most expensive destination, Sri Lanka is the least expensive.
As far as the information for overseas travel is concerned, the survey reveals that travel agents are the key source of information, followed by advice from friends and relatives as well as the Internet.-PTI

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