Every sixth Indian family goes out in overnight trip monthly: Report

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2016 17:52 IST
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Almost every sixth Indian family went out on an overnight trip a month, mostly to meet friends and relatives, a nationwide government survey has shown.

The monthly trips added up to 58 million trips, 86% of which were for social occasions, reported the Times of India.

Other overnight trips were annual – adding up to another 56 million trips -- with holidaying, leisure and recreation making up a third and health reasons the rest.

The data was part of a recent National Sample Survey Organisation report on domestic tourism, based on a survey between July 2014 and June 2015.

The spending of families was the highest on health trips – RS 15,336 – possibly reflecting the growing need for specialized healthcare and the prohibitive costs of medical assistance in India. The second highest spending was for shopping trips, the Times of India said.

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