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Indians Again Dreaming of Exploring International Destinations: New Research Report

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  • More than 70 percent of Indians are excited about being able to travel internationally
  • Three-quarters of Indians have plans to travel internationally in the foreseeable future and more than a third of those plan to do so in the next six months.
  • Almost 50 percent of Indians considering travel to Asia Pacific destinations, with Australia, Thailand and Indonesia topping the chart as the most searched destinations by Indians in the region
  • Almost three-quarters of Indians who are currently working would like to combine work and travel while abroad
  • Almost 6 out of 10 Indians surveyed said they were more open to travelling internationally during off-peak times of the year than they were before the pandemic

More than two years since the beginning of the pandemic, Indian travellers are dreaming about their next international trip, new research shows. International border restrictions have been gradually easing over recent months, inspiring many to start planning their next international getaway. New research undertaken by YouGov and commissioned by Airbnb has found that almost three-quarters of Indians have plans to travel internationally in the foreseeable future and more than a third of those plan to do so in the next six months. More than 70 percent of Indians are excited about being able to travel internationally.

International travel corridors have long played a major role in bolstering the economic vitality of destinations throughout the globe, and Airbnb is committed to working together with governments across to help ensure it continues to do so. Airbnb also remains focused on empowering our guest community to embrace the travel revolution, as many travellers look to make the most of their newfound flexibility and the blurring lines between travel and living.

Almost three-quarters of working Indians say they’d consider combining work and travel, underscoring the fundamental changes in how people are living and working since the pandemic.

Key findings from the research include:

Many Indians are excited about travelling internationally again and plan to do so more often

  • More than 70 percent of Indians surveyed reported being excited about once again being able to travel internationally, with more than a third (37 percent) strongly agreeing with this.

Many Indian travellers are looking to make that next international trip a reality very soon

  • A vast majority of Indians surveyed (75 percent) reported having plans to travel internationally in the foreseeable future.
  • More than a third of those (34 percent) planning to travel internationally plan to do so in the next six months.
  • The majority of respondents in India also expressed a desire to travel internationally as soon as they’re able to.

The Asia-Pacific region is front of mind for many Indian travellers

  • Almost half of the Indians (48 percent) surveyed said they would consider visiting international destinations within the Asia-Pacific region when they’re able to.
  • Australia, Thailand and Indonesia are the most searched for destinations in the Asia-Pacific region by Indians.

As the travel revolution continues to unfold, the way we think about international travel is also changing

  • Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen major shifts in the way that people think about travel and living, with the lines between them continuing to blur. For many, that also appears to apply to international travel.
  • In India, more than half of those surveyed (59 percent), said they were more open to travelling internationally during off-peak times of the year than they were before the pandemic.
  • Moving forward, many people who are currently working are also open to the idea of combining work and travel while abroad. That was the case for almost three-quarters of Indian respondents.
  • Many Indian travellers believe that international travel remains an important means of expanding their horizons and connecting with other cultures
  • That’s true for more than half of the Indian respondents (51 percent).
  • Almost a third of Indians (32 percent) surveyed also noted that international travel plays an important role when it comes to connecting with their friends and family.
  • A significant number of those respondents looking to travel internationally also expressed a desire to experience off-the-beaten-path destinations they hadn’t visited before. This included more than a quarter Indian respondents (27 percent).
Amanpreet Bajaj, General Manager - Airbnb India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong
Amanpreet Bajaj, GM, Airbnb India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong

Amanpreet Bajaj, General Manager – Airbnb India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, said: “As border restrictions gradually ease across many countries in the region, we’re seeing a lot of enthusiasm for cross-border travel. After being unable to travel abroad for so long, many people are excited to take that long-awaited overseas trip – something we’ve seen reflected in the searches on Airbnb, following a number of border reopening announcements. We’re committed to continuing to work collaboratively with governments and communities around the world to rebuild tourism and maximise the benefits of this travel revolution for our community of Hosts. We’re incredibly excited to welcome travellers’ to an Airbnb Home and make their much awaited international trip a memorable one. We continue to focus on innovation so guests can experience both well-travelled and new destinations in fresh ways.”

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