Europe Most Preferred Vacation Destination in 2019 for Guwahatians
Europe was the most preferred the vacation destination for Guwahatians in 2019, leading travel operators said.
The recent trend showed that there is a steady increase of travellers from Guwahati to destinations mostly in Europe and Asia.
G Plus checked out some of the leading travel agencies of the city, seeking the most preferred travel destinations of Guwahatians in 2019.
Agencies having a global presence like SOTC and Thomas Cook have marked Europe as the most preferred in group packages. European package tours including the UK and Western European countries like Switzerland, Finland, Belgium, France, etc. are the most frequented destinations.
However, the local travel agencies have said Thailand to be the most liked foreign destination followed by Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai.
A local travel agent has said that Guwahatians have developed a craze for cruise tours mostly in Singapore. Vietnam-Cambodia packages are an increasing trend after the launch of the direct Guwahati to Bangkok flights by the Thailand based carrier Nok Air.
Amongst the shorthold destinations, Bali, Mauritius, and Maldives are mostly chosen. Bhutan is fast emerging on the most preferred list.
Most preferred destinations from LGBI Airport, Guwahati
• Western Europe starting from Rs. 1,36,000
• Singapore packages starting from Rs. 46,000
• Bali packages from Rs. 50,000
• Dubai starting from Rs. 49,000
• Bhutan starting from Rs. 40,000
Low-cost travel packages have sparked a travel craze even amongst the average Guwahatian to international destinations.
Of the domestic tours booked this year, Andaman followed by Kerala, Goa and Shimla, Manali.
According to a report, higher disposable income, better air-connectivity and social media reach have led to an increase in the number of outbound tourists from smaller cities.
A growth of around 18-20 percent is expected in the visa application numbers from non-metro cities in 2019 against 2018, according to experts.
According to the visa processing company VFS Global, tier-2 cities have contributed significantly to the growth in outbound travel from India. In 2018, 20 percent of total visa applications in India were from tier-2/3 cities such as Pune, Puducherry, Jaipur, Kochi and Guwahati.
Over a two-year period (2016-2018), there was double the number of visa applications from smaller metros and tier-2/3 cities.