India’s Domestic Tourism Surges, Set to Become Global Travel Giant

India's Domestic Tourism Surges, Set to Become Global Travel Giant
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Written by Binayak Karki

New Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Chennai top the domestic traveler’s preference list, while Dubai remains the favored international destination.

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In a remarkable shift, India‘s travel landscape sees a surge in domestic tourism as Indians traverse their diverse country, igniting a burgeoning travel culture. Post-Covid, a newfound zeal for exploration has taken root, propelling India to global tourism prominence.

Official figures showcase a preference for domestic travel, with a staggering 1.7 billion leisure trips within India in 2022, signifying a mere one percent venturing abroad.

The trend is projected to escalate, with estimates foreseeing a monumental five billion leisure trips by 2030, overwhelmingly internal journeys driven by the burgeoning middle class with increased disposable income.

The economic impact looms large as well, with India poised to be the fourth-largest global travel spender by 2030, a monumental leap from the USD 150 billion spent in 2019 to an estimated USD 410 billion.

New Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Chennai top the domestic traveler’s preference list, while Dubai remains the favored international destination.

A report by Booking.com and McKinsey titled ‘How India Travels 2023′ reveals insights, emphasizing Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities’ emerging appeal among travelers. Cities like Kochi have transitioned into Tier 2 status, witnessing increased attention from both branded hotels and government efforts to enhance infrastructure, aiming to lure tourists to smaller cities.

This surge in travel enthusiasm has prompted significant expansions, with airlines ordering over 1000 new aircraft, projecting a fleet between 1500 to 1700 by 2030. The travel ecosystem’s stabilization, coupled with governmental initiatives, aims to position India as a global tourism hub.

India’s travel narrative celebrates diversity, resilience, and unparalleled beauty within its borders, painting a picture of a burgeoning tourism giant on the world stage.

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Binayak Karki

Binayak - based in Kathmandu - is an editor and author writing for eTurboNews.

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