According to the latest MasterCard Consumer Purchasing Priority Survey travel agents play a big role in clinching deals. Out of 805 respondents, 58 per cent opted to go to a travel agent for making bookings. The Survey interviewed respondents in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai – who talked about their travel habits and preferences. Respondents were in the age group of 18-64 years. The report stated that due to low disposable income, Indian consumers now prefer travelling to domestic leisure hotspots for holidays over international destinations.
Agra, Delhi and Mumbai followed by Bengaluru and Jammu were the top travel destinations. On domestic leisure trips consumers prefer making payments in cash for various expenses. According to the Survey, focus on international travel continues to be aspirational with only 17 per cent respondents intending to travel abroad in the next 12-months. Hong Kong, Australia and Saudi Arabia emerged as the top three international destinations choice for Indians.
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