With Covid-19 Vaccination in full steam across the world, an independent survey conducted by TAT New Delhi found that 73% of millennials would prefer international destinations with fewer Covid cases and around 67% would want to travel to destinations with Covid-19 easy policies and protocols.
All thanks to pent-up travel demand, things are looking up for the tourism industry as 66% of millennial travelers are ready to visit Thailand as soon as it opens. As COVID-19 vaccination campaigns accelerate across the world, giving millions of people hope that the end of the pandemic is on the horizon, 73% of millennials would prefer to travel to international destinations with fewer cases of Covid. According to the report, 67% of millennials would opt for destinations with defined Covid protocols to avoid unnecessary hassle when planning their international vacations during the ensuing holiday season.
Riaz Munshi, President, Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), said: “The results reflect the pent-up travel demand among millennial Indian travelers. We have started to receive requests for international travel for the upcoming holiday season, but travelers are also cautious about Covid restrictions, better connectivity and the selection of international destinations. It is not at all surprising that Thailand is a preferred destination for Indians who wish to travel for the purpose of tourism, shopping, golf, meeting or wellness and I have no doubts that it will be the one of the first to capture outgoing traffic from India. . “
The independent survey was conducted with more than 7,800 millennial travelers across the country over a four-week period in August 2021 and found that 61% of millennials would seek better connectivity while selecting an international travel destination. while 27% would prefer short-haul. destinations. Interestingly, 38% of millennial travelers would base their decisions on attractive destination campaigns that highlight their unique features and offerings. A whopping 68 percent of millennial travelers are ready to travel to Thailand on their next vacation.
Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, Deputy Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand, “We are very happy to see the tracker results that there is such interest in visiting Thailand among Indian travelers. India has always been one of the key markets for Thailand. Phuket, Pattaya, Krabi, Bangkok and Koh Samui have become very popular with Indian tourists. They have attracted high-end Indian tourists, honeymooners and budget travelers from India as the beach destinations offer a variety of accommodation choices, from luxurious five-star hotels to resorts, budget hotels and bungalows. We are pleased that India has been added to the list of low and medium risk Covid countries and that Indian travelers are now allowed to visit Thailand according to the guidelines included in our special pioneer projects like Phuket Sandbox. We ensure that all hotels, restaurants, tourist sites, tour operators are subject to strict and certified controls in order to welcome international tourists.
According to the survey, 83% of millennials would prefer beach destinations for their next vacation, followed by Wellness & Spa and Staycation destinations in hotels and resorts at 65% and 53% respectively. It is interesting to note that 48% of millennials have opted for Golf destinations and 43% of them for Shopping destinations.
The survey also addressed new travel trends such as the rise of couple and do-it-yourself travel and innovations such as the popularity of contactless technology, voice-activated services and greater automation in the market. hospitality sector. Travelers always look for destinations with fewer people and minimal exposure.