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Number of Indian visitors rose 15 Percent to 2.67 Lakh in FY17 : Tourism Australia

According to Tourism Australia, the number of guests from India could touch 300,000 by 2020

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Sundey Port in Australia is a Tourism site. Source: Pixabay
  • Indians visitors in Australia rose 15.4 per cent to 2,67,500
  • India was the 9th biggest inbound market for arrivals and 8th in terms of expenditure in FY17
  • Number of visitors from India could touch 300,000 by 2020

June 10, 2017: The number of Indians going to Australia rose 15.4 per cent to 2,67,500 and Indian visitors’ spend on their Australian trips bounced 18 percent to Aus$1.34 billion or Rs. 64 billion amid this period, as indicated by information given by Tourism Australia. India was the ninth biggest inbound market for arrivals and eighth in terms of expenditure in FY17, it said.

The number of Indian guests to Australia has developed in single digits just five times over the most recent 13 years for which information is accessible. The development has been as high as 23 per cent in the past.

As indicated by Tourism Australia, the number of guests from India could touch 300,000 by 2020.

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Majorly 68 per cent of the visitors went for recreation purposes. Of the leisure visitors, 61 percent were going to companions and relatives. On an average, Indian visitors spent 50 nights in Australia.

Most of the visits were to South and Western Australia, according to the information on arrivals given by Australian states.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94

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Indian Travellers Emerging as Key Market for America: Brand USA

According to Brand USA, India ranks 11th in international visitors and also represents the sixth biggest spender with $13.6 billion registered last year

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Sean Donohue, CEO, Dallas Fort Worth Airport Richard Fain, Chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Christopher L Thompson, President & CEO, Brand USA. Wikimedia

Sep 17, 2017: The Indian outbound traveller is now a much-coveted commodity around the world, as the country’s booming middle class seeks new destinations and emerges as a key market.

The Indian market has set a new record as 1.17 million tourists visited the US last year, according to Brand USA, the nation’s first public-private partnership to promote the United States as a travel destination.

“Brand USA has reached the million visitor mark from India, we expect much more growth. This year has seen our largest delegation of our Brand USA India mission with nearly 40 organisations, we actually had a waiting list of people wanting to tap the indian market. And that really shows the importance that India has,” Suzana Shepard, Manager Global Trade Development Brand USA, said during a branding event organized by Brand USA representative Sartha Global Marketing in New Delhi.

In February, Brand USA inaugurated the US-India travel and tourism partnership year in Delhi, led by the US Department of Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO). The NTTO had forecast a 72 per cent increase in arrivals from 2015 through 2021.

While business travelers and family visits have been the norm so far, more Indians travel to less visited states and try new activities involving adventure and thrills.

“Indians are big consumers of adventure activities and this is exactly what we got in Nevada for them. The US is very much a road trip destination and there is so much to see, different landscapes, just like in India I guess but with a different decor, different people and a great melting pot of cultures,” said Claudia Vecchio, Director of the Department of Tourism & Cultural Affairs in Nevada.

According to Brand USA, India ranks 11th in international visitors and also represents the sixth biggest spender with $13.6 billion registered last year.

“There is really a great opportunity, only one per cent of the population has a passport and there is a growing middle class. It leaves room for a lot development,” Shepard said.

The increasing number of direct flights from India by national carrier Air India has also helped in catering to the tourists’ demand, the latest being Delhi-Washington DC. A couple of years ago, Air India also added San Francisco to its other non-stop flights to New York, Chicago and Newark. The carrier is said to be evaluating a direct flight to Los Angeles as well.

“With the non-stop service from India, San Francisco Airport has seen the traffic back and forth to India grow by 10 per cent, said Melissa Andretta, Director of International Marketing at San Francisco International Airport.

“The United States has always been a prime destination for Indian tourists, the country being home to an important Indian diaspora. We are seeing a lot of FITs coming, a lot of Indian weddings celebrated in Washington DC where an important Indian origin population lives. You can even celebrate Indian festivals like Diwali just like you would do in India as the city organises special decorations and festivities,” said Yi Lu, International Sales Manager at Destination DC.

On the recent visa restrictions on Indian travellers to the USA, Shepard said that they had no impact on the tourism to India and that Indians are warmly welcomed by many Americans. (IANS)

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Recent Survey finds out Indians Prefer Traveling in Rainy Season

The survey was an extensive questionnaire that shows that there has been a changing pattern

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Indians prefer traveling in rainy season. Wikimedia
  • Yatra is a famous online travel portal in India
  • A survey was conducted recently by the travel portal in which more than 1500 people participated from across India
  • The survey shows that Indians favor traveling in the Monsoon seasons

August 20, 2017: India’s famous online travel portal Yatra had recently conducted a survey which received 1500 responded from different parts of the country.

The survey was an extensive questionnaire that shows that there has been a changing pattern. The rainy season, which was once an obstruction, is now the favored season for traveling according to many Indians.

47.2% of the responses favored one to five days of getaway, when it comes to the duration of the travel. Close enough, 45.2% were alright with 5-15 days. But longer holidays of more than 15 days was preferred by only 6.9% of the respondents. Thus, short plans are most suited for the Indians.

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When it comes to the most popular destinations for travel, Munnar, Goa, the northeast states and Andaman islands were top spots. While 47.1% of the responses wished hill stations as their favored spot, 31.4% wanted the beach to be included in their plans. 72.8% of the people want to travel within India.

But it is the luxury segment of travel that has taken a back seat, partly due to the GST hikes in various places. 18% of the responses would have the budget of about Rs. 50,000 while 17% would want to spend less than Rs. 10,000.

A hotel accommodation worth Rs. 2,500-5,000 was most preferred by 43.5% where as 12.3% considered rooms between Rs. 5,000-7,500.

Finally, it was also noted that paying out the travel expenses through credit cards was favored by 62.2% of the responses in contrast to 16.7% who use debit cards and 9.6% who would turn to cash.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter @Saksham2394


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Smartphones are the ‘most indispensable’ travel partner for Indians

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New York: Most young and tech-savvy Indian travellers now consider smartphones to be their single-most indispensable item while they plan to travel ahead of a toothbrush, a deodorant and driving licence, according to an interesting study.

The relevance of mobile devices is tied to how the device improves the quality of travel itself among 9,642 travellers across 19 countries including India, said the study commissioned by travel website Expedia.com and conducted recently by consulting firm Northstar.

Aman Bhutani, president for Brand Expedia Group, also expressed their foundings.

We have found that travellers are using mobile devices at every stage of the travel process, from researching and booking trips to capturing and sharing the travel experience,

And just because a traveller can use their device to read work email and stay connected to the office, they also believe it improves the quality of their vacations,” he added.

Consumers tell us what they do and don’t like in their mobile offerings and habits, and we’ve been listening and steadily adapting to provide what the mobile-savvy travellers demand,

Business travellers use mobile devices to remain tightly connected to their home office. More than one-half of travellers who are employed check in on work at least once a day while, on vacation, the study found.

“Mobile devices may be a requirement for business trips, however, business, travel and connectivity are changing. Various devices allow for a seamless experience with apps that enable users to be more productive and efficient, which travellers are utilising in order to prioritise work-life balance and disconnect when possible,” said Rob Greyber, president of Egencia.

At least 60 percent travellers who check in with work during a vacation say their travel partner or spouse does not mind. However, among Indians, who are the most likely to check in with work, one-fifth admit that their spouse or travel partner does get annoyed, the study said.

The study analysed inputs from across North America, Europe, South America and Asia Pacific.

(Inputs from IANS)

(Picture Courtesy: indiatoday.intoday.in)