Indians as intrepid travellers and India as a favoured destination both saw a steady climb in 2014. If it wasn't a great year for travel industry it wasn't bad either. Maintaining a steady flow was the order of the day.
The table below shows the consistent inbound tourists figures in the last two years.
Both the data specs indicate then that the inbound and domestic travel for 2014 saw a steady increase, as against exponential growth.
In the outbound travel segment too, consistency was the norm.
As per the economic contribution of Travel and Tourism: Real 2013 prices segment of the above mentioned report of World Travel and Tourism Council, expenditure on outbound travel in 2013 stood at Rs 750.2 billion while in 2014 the figure had improved to Rs 835.3 billion (estimate).
As per random reports, in the domestic circuit, northeast and Gujarat were new destinations explored while eternal favourites like Rajasthan and Ladakh maintained their preferred positions with travellers.
In the international sector, Australia which has been high on Indian travelers' radar in the last couple of years, maintained its positive growth in 2014. Of course, the old haunts like Bali, Hong Kong and Dubai remained most preferred getaways.Top 10 destinations in India
The romance of Europe can never end. Her history with its churches, museums, town halls, street arcades, cafes, canals of the 50-odd countries that constitute Europe and the convenience of travelling within 24 countries without visa is an absolute delight.
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