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

india 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.

First Published: Jul 18, 2016 17:52 IST