Outbound Travel

10% growth likely in outbound numbers


CHENNAI
Despite the “expensive dollar”, more Indians are expected to travel abroad this year.

Thanks to improved air connectivity with cheaper fares and availability of a range of tourism products and holiday packages, more Indians are expected to opt for international holidays, says Rohit Hangal, Director, Sphere Travelmedia & Exhibitions.

Launching the company’s 66th edition of India International Travel Mart (IITM) here on July 19, Hangal said last year 16 million Indians travelled abroad both on business and leisure.

“This year, we expect the number to grow at least by 10 per cent,” he said.

He also said that similarly, the number of inbound tourists will also go up from around six million last year, as India is one of the most affordable destinations for many foreigners. India has been more expensive compared with some neighbouring countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, mostly because of the hotel room rates.

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