According to a recent RCI report, the global leader in vacation exchange, Indian travel trends and timeshare recorded a double-digit growth in 2017. The report states that international travels have increased by 13% amongst Indian RCI members last year as compared to 2016, and an 8% growth in domestic travels. The report showcases customer insights through analysis of nationalities and ethnicities across America, Europe, Asia & Pacific countries, India and Sri Lanka on the exchange habits.
Sabina Chopra, Managing Director, RCI India said, a�?The Indian traveller is constantly evolving and seeking enriching and exploratory experiences. We at RCI, have seen a significant increase in holiday bookings, both domestic and international, on a year-on-year basis. With increased disposable income, factors like cheaper airfares and low tariffs for budget hotels, international travel plans have seen an exponential rise amongst the general Indian traveller. This helps us to tap an opportunity for helping our members get great experiences and memories with their family and friends.a�?
Aruna Jathar, Director, Marketing and Operations, RCI India said, a�?A huge pattern that has risen is that Indians RCI members are opting to travel international newer destinations like Greece, Mexico, Finland and Oklahama among numerous others. This report will help us to track their vacation patters, guaranteeing that our contributions are synchronized with their evolving travel needs.a�?
After studying the holiday and vacation patterns of 50,000 RCI members in India for last year, the report revealed that the United States of America was the most travelled destination in 2016 and 2017. Over the last three years, the trend has been similar considering over 1 lakh plus RCI members travelling to United States of America.
Malaysia and Indonesia, were the countries which have been favored amongst all the other South East Asian countries by Indian travelera��s. Following closely was Switzerland and Spain, that came out to be the most preferred European countries that appeal to the general Indian travelers for its scenic beauty.
Maldives, Thailand and Singapore closely followed by the two European hotspots in terms of travel plans chosen by Indians. The RCI report states that Australia enamors Indian travelers as a destination for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and its beautiful coastal road trips followed by Finland, which marked its entry on the Top 10 travel destinations for RCI members.
It is intriguing to take note of the neighbouring nations of India like Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Burma, Maldives for growing as the preferred destinations by Indian. A�Every one of these nations have their own magnificence which draws in the travelers consistently.
The report also revealed that Indian domestic travels witnessed an increase of 8% in 2017 as compared to 2016. RCI cited that Goa has been the number one choice for domestic travel both in 2016 and 2017. Followed by Coorg for its breathtakingly exotic scenery and picturesque countryside. Munnar ranked number three for its lush greenery and waterfalls. Ooty and Kodaikanal made it to number four and five respectively, both being hill destinations of Tamil Nadu.