Bangkok top city for Indian tourists in Asia

first_imgBangkok is the most searched Asian summer holiday destinations by Indians, according to a study by global travel-planning website Skyscanner.London owned the top spot globally while Bangkok ruled Asia searches by Indian travellers. Bangkok took the second spot globally, ahead of other conventional favourites such as Dubai, New York, Paris and Toronto.“We have seen a 65% year on year increase in outbound travel amongst Indian travellers this summer holiday. Based on our data, Indians are becoming more experimental when it comes to travelling abroad,” Kavitha Gnanamurthy, Senior Marketing Manager, Skyscanner India.“In the spirit of exploration, they are looking for longer, more expensive trips and are searching for newer destinations,” she said.Skyscanner revealed that Bangkok witnesses a year-on-year growth rate of 119% out of India. The ‘City of Angels’ is also well-known among Indian travellers for its ancient monuments, value-for-money shopping, authentic Thai food and world-famous nightlife. The buzzing Chao Phraya River, along with fairly new attraction Asiatique The Riverfront are other attractions that keep travellers engaged.At present, visitors from India can also look forward to unbelievable bargains at the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale which began mid-June and will continue until mid August.The survey puts the average length of the stay for Indian travellers in Bangkok at seven days. India is one of Thailand’s fastest growing source-markets. In January–March 2015, Thailand welcomed 231,012 Indian visitors, an increase of 13.73% over the same period of last year. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is projecting 1.05 million arrivals from India in 2015.Indian visitors know Thailand as a hospitable and a year-round tourism destination with a high quality of value-for-money products and services. Indians get visa-on-arrival facilities at Thailand’s international checkpoints.Soraya Homchuen, Director, TAT Mumbai said, “Indian travellers always spend a night or two in Bangkok before continuing with a Thailand itinerary. Some high end Indian travellers choose to travel to Bangkok to unwind over a long weekend – this segment does several short trips to Bangkok in a year.”  Indian production companies (for films, TV serials and advertising), MICE groups and destination weddings are also flocking to Thailand.last_img

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