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Indians travelling abroad has risen upto 132 percent

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 18 April 2011, 10:52 Hrs
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Bangalore:Buoyed by attractive airfares and affordable hotel room rates, more Indians have chosen to holiday abroad this season compared to last year.

India being one of the biggest markets for outbound travellers and the growing number of Indian tourists, is now being more widely recognized and countries across the globe are increasingly trying to attract Indian tourists. The growing strength of low cost carriers in India is one of the key factors boosting the Indian outbound travel market.

A number of countries, including Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland and South Korea, have already opened tourist offices in India to directly target Indians who want to holiday abroad. This dramatic rise in the number of Indian's travelling abroad is, 132 percent over 2006 to 2011.

Through the rising disposable incomes in India, more affordable holiday options and the attractive packages by the foreign countries through Indian tourist agencies ,are enabling more Indians to travel abroad.

Freebies in the holiday packages have also gone up you can take a child along free to several destinations in Europe and South-East Asia. Or get one or two additional nights at no extra cost now. The more enterprising travel agencies are also throwing in a Mediterranean cruise for free for travellers in Europe. Another segment that is emerging is of youngsters. These travellers prefer activities such as scuba diving, Para sailing, river rafting and skiing.

While a 3-star hotel room costs something like Rs 8,000 a day in the peak season, one in Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur will cost only Rs 4,000. Therefore, holidaying abroad becomes equal to travelling to a domestic destination.

South-East Asian countries like Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and many others are the emerging holiday spots this season," said Sunny Sodhi vice-president (Air Product) online travel firm Yatra.com. Air Deccan, the first low cost carrier to operate in India, is currently the most prominent in the market.

However, the rise in the motel fares and other expenses in India is costing a bomb for the foreign tourists in India resulting in the decrease in the foreigners visit to India. And the most least visited countries in the world are Iraq and Afghanistan due to the risk of getting killed.

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