Indian Tourists Prefer Southeast Asia For Short-Term Stays: Report

Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia emerged as the top destinations for short-term stays while visits to Australia, Europe and the United States of America tended to last for a longer duration
Padar Island in Indonesia
Padar Island in Indonesiakillianpham/Unsplash

Southeast Asian nations are topping Indian visitors’ preferences for short vacations while Australia, Europe and the United States of America (USA) emerged as the most popular for long-term stays.

The “OYO Global Summer Vacations Travelopedia 2024” survey found that shorter stays of 5-7 days in places like Bali, Pattaya and Bangkok topped the list as travellers made the most of long weekends and holidays after countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia relaxed entry visa requirements.

Pattaya in Thailand
Pattaya in Thailandryutarouozumi/Unsplash

The sample size of around 4,000 respondents provided a data set from April 15 to May 30, 2024, with which to analyse emerging trends and preferences in the overseas travel behaviour of Indian tourists. Europe and the USA emerged as the top choice for long-haul destinations where Indian tourists usually stayed for 10-15 days or more.

OYO Founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal said, “With improved air connectivity, visa facilitation and a wide range of travel options, it has become more convenient than ever for Indian travellers to explore the beauty of Southeast Asia. Our ongoing program to increase the number of premium properties in the region will help Indian tourists with a range of stay options at all the popular holiday destinations.”

Europe has emerged as the preferred destination for long-term stays by Indian travellers. Pictured here is a lake in Albania
Europe has emerged as the preferred destination for long-term stays by Indian travellers. Pictured here is a lake in Albaniayvesalarie/Unsplash

The survey also noted that the rise of remote work has led to an increase in digital nomadism among Indian travellers. Indonesia and Malaysia, with their affordable cost of living, reliable internet connectivity, and picturesque locales, are attracting digital nomads looking to combine work and travel during the summer months, the survey found.

(With inputs from PTI)

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