As 2023 draws to a close, Skyscanner, the leading global travel marketplace, takes a moment to reflect on a year filled with exciting adventures and groundbreaking developments in the world of travel. Taking a retrospective look at the year 2023, Skyscanner highlighted the travel patterns and preferences of Indian travellers. From popular destinations to budget-friendly options and evolving features, here’s a breakdown of the insights gained from Skyscanner’s Year in Travel report.
Top Spots for Indian Travellers in 2023
Dubai secured its position as the most sought-after international destination for Indian travellers in 2023. Renowned for its modern extravagance, artificial islands, mega malls, and majestic skyscrapers, the city captivated Indian travellers with its gleaming charm.
Bangkok claimed the second spot among international destinations, offering a blend of bustling markets, ornate temples like Wat Pho, and vibrant nightlife along Khao San Road. The city’s energy and cultural richness resonated with Indian travellers throughout the year.
Cheapest Flights, Hotels & Car Hire of 2023?
Skyscanner data identified Jagdalpur in India as the cheapest flight destination, with an average return flight cost of just INR 3,035 in 2023. The trend also showed a rising preference for alternative, budget-friendly Indian cities that promise rich cultural experiences.
The data further revealed Nha Trang in Vietnam as the most economical city for a three-star hotel stay, offering picturesque coastal beauty and cultural heritage. For car rentals, Doha in Qatar emerged as the city with the cheapest offerings, with Indian travellers paying only INR 2,198/day on average.
Travel Trends and Insights
Mohit Joshi, Skyscanner’s Travel Trends and Destination Expert, commented on the emerging trends, stating, “Indians have embraced global exploration despite tightened budgets. The Travel Trends 2024 report indicates that the value of experiences and cultural exploration will be key considerations for Indian travellers in the coming year.”The report predicts Nice in France as a great-value destination in 2024, with airfares dropping significantly over the past 12 months. Additionally, it foresees Indian travellers heading abroad to attend live performances by their favorite artists, with a significant percentage expressing willingness to travel for short-haul and long-haul concerts.