Indians want to travel with family during Christmas-NY break; Dubai, Australia most-preferred destinations

In India, Goa, Manali and Udaipur continue to attract travellers during this period.

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Indians want to ring in the New Year with their near and dear ones.
NEW DELHI: No one likes to be alone during holidays, and same goes for the Christmas-New Year period.

Youngsters want to spend some quality time with family, and ring in the New Year with their near and dear ones.

In an email interaction with ET Online, Balu Ramachandran, Senior Vice President of Cleartrip, said that this year's winter travel is dominated by group and family bookings. "Winter travel has grown big for the metro as well as non-metro-based travellers this year," he quoted.


This year-end's holiday period has seen a major shift in booking trend amongst Indian travellers, and is bigger and better than last year. A Paytm Travel spokesperson confirmed that Indians are opting for international destinations this year during the Christmas-New Year season. Over 20 per cent increase was seen in bookings made for international travels on Paytm this year compared to last year. This period has seen bookings for international destinations such as Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo and Hong Kong.

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Australia has emerged as a popular destination for Indian travellers this year.

Based on 2019's trend, the Cleartrip boss mentioned that year-end holiday period will be a peak travel season for Australia as it has emerged as a popular destination for Indian travellers this year. Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia have continued to show a strong booking trend as well, he mentioned.

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As far as Indian destinations are concerned, Goa, Manali and Udaipur continue to attract a lot of travellers during this period. Bookings to religious places like Tirupati, Katra & Shirdi (by flight, bus and train) have also increased during the New Year period.

According to Paytm Travel, a significant number of Indians booked flight tickets for metro cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad for domestic travel, and then chose trains or buses to travel to nearby holiday destinations like Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, Pondicherry, Coorg, Ooty and Nainital in India.

Ramachandran said that the fare prices have increased eight per cent since 2018 during this holiday season. "We expect the prices to increase further as the holidays approach," he added.

Most Powerful Passports Of 2019: India Loses Charm; Singapore, Japan Among Travel-Friendly Countries
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The new Henley Passport Index is out, and there has been a major shuffle in the global ranking of the world's passports.

In the beginning of 2019, 27 countries were in the top 10 positions on the index, but this month 4 more countries were added to the list.

Several countries climbed the list to have most powerful passports, while few slipped from their positions, including India.

The ranking is determined on the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. It is based on the exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association, which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information.

Here's a look at all the top ranking passports of this year.
The new Henley Passport Index is out, and there has been a major shuffle in the global ranking of the world's passports. In the beginning of 2019, 27 countries were in the top 10 positions on the in..
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Japan retained its top spot as the world's most powerful passport in 2019 for the second time in a row .

However, Singapore also shared the top spot with Japan in becoming the world's most travel-friendly passport due to the document's access to 189 countries.
Japan retained its top spot as the world's most powerful passport in 2019 for the second time in a row . However, Singapore also shared the top spot with Japan in becoming the world's most travel-fr..
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While Finland jumped 2 spots, Germany moved 1 place to share the position with South Korea. These countries offer access to 187 countries.

South Korea had moved 10 places up the rankings since 2009, when it held 12th place with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 144.
While Finland jumped 2 spots, Germany moved 1 place to share the position with South Korea. These countries offer access to 187 countries. South Korea had moved 10 places up the rankings since 2009,..
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With access to 186 jurisdictions, Denmark and Italy inched up one place to the third rank, and Luxembourg managed to rise from the previous fifth rank.
With access to 186 jurisdictions, Denmark and Italy inched up one place to the third rank, and Luxembourg managed to rise from the previous fifth rank.
Sweden retained its fourth rank from January, with access to 185 nations.

While France dropped one place, Spain climbed to from the fifth position to share the spot with Sweden.
Sweden retained its fourth rank from January, with access to 185 nations. While France dropped one place, Spain climbed to from the fifth position to share the spot with Sweden.
With permission to 184 nations, Austria, Netherlands, Portugal & Switzerland jumped one spot to share the fifth rank.
With permission to 184 nations, Austria, Netherlands, Portugal & Switzerland jumped one spot to share the fifth rank.
Belgium Canada Greece Ireland climbed one spot to the sixth rank, while Norway, United Kingdom and the United States retained their position with permissions to 183 countries.
Belgium Canada Greece Ireland climbed one spot to the sixth rank, while Norway, United Kingdom and the United States retained their position with permissions to 183 countries.
Malta and Czech Republic inter-switched places. Malta solely ruled at the seventh spot with permission to 182 countries, and Czech Republic moved to eighth position on the powerful passport index with access to 181 destinations.
Malta and Czech Republic inter-switched places. Malta solely ruled at the seventh spot with permission to 182 countries, and Czech Republic moved to eighth position on the powerful passport index wit..
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Australia, Iceland, New Zealand and Lithuania jointly share the 9th position with access to 180 nations.

While Australia, Iceland, New Zealand climbed one place, Lithuania was a new entrant.
Australia, Iceland, New Zealand and Lithuania jointly share the 9th position with access to 180 nations. While Australia, Iceland, New Zealand climbed one place, Lithuania was a new entrant.
Latvia, Slovenia & Slovakia proudly marched at the 10th spot with access to 179 nations.
Latvia, Slovenia & Slovakia proudly marched at the 10th spot with access to 179 nations.

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