International travel is making a comeback: MMT survey
Over 65% of Indian travelers actively search for international flights and hotels
After a long 18-month wait, outgoing pleasure travelers are now eagerly looking to travel abroad as countries begin to ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Indian nationals. As optimism and confidence gradually builds around international travel, over 85% of Indian travelers want to visit one or more international leisure travel hotspots in the near future. Sentiment appears to be skyrocketing among all age groups – with 87% of those surveyed between the ages of 30 and 35 showing more enthusiasm to travel abroad before the end of the year, a recent survey by MakeMyTrip.
Conducted from August 15 to September 15, 2021, the survey highlights a shift in travel sentiment with more than 65% of travelers actively seeking flights and hotels in some of the most preferred international leisure destinations. Dubai (36 percent), the Maldives (33 percent) and Switzerland (22 percent) are the top 3 destinations currently at the top of the list of leisure travelers. Whereas, among the list of countries that have not yet opened travel to Indians, Thailand, the United States and the United Kingdom rank at the top of the preferences. Overall, among those surveyed, 43% of travelers want to relax on the idyllic beaches of Thailand and Bali; 39 percent want to go from island to island in the Maldives and Mauritius; 37 percent hope for heartwarming Mediterranean experiences in Turkey, Greece, Italy and Egypt, 33 percent are eager to explore the contemporary and architectural wonders of Paris and London, and 25 percent dream of a glittering Switzerland .
Overall, among those surveyed, 43% of travelers want to relax on the idyllic beaches of Thailand and Bali, 39% want to go from island to island in the Maldives and Mauritius, 37% hope to experience enjoyable Mediterranean experiences in Turkey. , Greece, Italy and Egypt, 33 percent are eager to explore the contemporary and architectural wonders of Paris and London; and 25 percent dream of a sparkling Switzerland.
As cross-border travel restrictions ease in some countries, travelers consider several parameters when researching and planning trips. 54% of those surveyed indicated that travel regulations, including quarantine guidelines, were one of the top reasons for pre-selecting a destination. Other metrics that emerged from the survey include travel to the destination on budget (33%), number of active COVID cases (13%), among others.
Vipul Prakash, COO of MakeMyTrip, said: “There has been a huge pent-up demand for international leisure travel and the survey rightly points out that revenge travel will soon become a travel trend. international as well. On MakeMyTrip, recent searches for flights and hotels to destinations open to Indian travelers indicate high demand as the holidays and winter break approach.
According to the most recent research and flight bookings on MakeMyTrip, travelers are increasingly comfortable booking their trips 30 to 60 days in advance. As the international travel guidelines for Indian travelers continue to evolve, MakeMyTrip recently launched a new Destination Advisor feature to help outgoing travelers search between multiple destinations that meet their needs based on popularity, price and flight duration, security rules and visa requirements. , among other factors.