Sunday, August 14, 2022

Indian travellers move away from expensive Europe to other alternative destinations

Reports indicate that Indians have become aware that travelling to Europe needs careful planning. There are a number of factors that have to be considered like high fares, visa slots and hotel bookings

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 The summer season has seen Indians moving out of their homes for destinations where they could slow down and unwind. However, with travel destinations in Europe out of reckoning because of high prices and negative travel reviews due to delayed flights, visa problems and baggage crises, the hunt is on for alternative destinations.

Result: travel to pocket-friendly nearby countries that do not require longer transits or a visa or have a visa-on-arrival policy. Indian travellers are, therefore, visiting destinations that offer picturesque locations, exciting nightlife, tourist-friendly transportation services and ease of access to airports, transit locations, etc, reported ETTravelWorld.

Reports indicate that Indians have become aware that travelling to Europe needs careful planning. There are a number of factors that have to be considered like high fares, visa slots and hotel bookings. Also, the weather is not an added attraction since Europe is also warm. So, many are now travelling to Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Australia as well as Asian destinations like Bali and Vietnam instead of Europe.

Cheaper flights, easy visa rules and a friendly approach by tourism authorities have, definitely, helped these countries take a big leap on the tourism map

Saurabh Tuteja, General Secretary, Enterprising Agents Association (North India) and Director, Brand3sixty was quoted by ETTravelWorld saying that “few destinations which have really picked up well as an alternative for Europe in recent times are Turkey and Central Asian countries. Cheaper flights, easy visa rules and a friendly approach by tourism authorities have, definitely, helped these countries take a big leap on the tourism map. The countries have really prepared themselves for Indian tourists in the last few years and are now deemed as lucrative alternatives for Europe. Be it value for money, improved infrastructure, amazing nightlife and awesome gastronomy, these destinations offer tourists value for their money”.

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Roma Ghosh
Roma Ghosh has recently retired as Associate Professor for Media Studies from an international university. She was with the Times of India as a correspondent for many years. Her passion is cooking and she has been doing recipes and photo shoots for Women's Era for the last 15-odd years.

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