Indian travellers have not lost their travel spirit amid the coronavirus pandemic. While travel has been suspended for over two months now, Indians are making use of this time to come up with a wish list of places they’d like to visit after this madness ends.
Mumbai has topped the list of domestic destinations for Indian travellers followed by the likes of Goa, New Delhi, Lonavala, and Bengaluru, according to a survey by digital travel company Booking.com.
The same survey has revealed Dubai (UAE) is the top choice of most of the Indians as an international destination ahead of Ubud (Bali), Bangkok (Thailand), Istanbul (Turkey), and London (UK).
Bali recently announced that it would reopen tourism for international travellers from October, while Dubai is aiming for a July return.
Thailand is expected to open borders in phases and it will allow entry from selected countries. While India could get a green signal by the Thai govt, they are strictly against having Europeans and Americans visit the country at least till late-2020.
“These are unprecedented and challenging times in which safety remains the top priority. We also know that in such times, dreaming about experiencing the world again has immense power to fire our imaginations and keep spirits high.
It’s amazing to see the array of different travel experiences our customers have been busy dreaming about while they wait for the opportunity to travel again. Building a wish list on Booking.com is an inspirational way for everyone to start dreaming about travel again,” Booking.com Country Manager, India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, Ritu Mehrotra said, as reported by PTI.
The survey was conducted by the travel company between March and April, 2020.
Meanwhile, when it comes to inbound tourism, India has escalated in the travel industry as thousands of foreigners visit the country every year. The survey has further revealed that for global travellers, New Delhi, Mumbai, Calangute (Goa), Jaipur, and Bengaluru are the top five destinations in India that they would wish to visit post the pandemic.