The Times of India (Chennai)

Summer travel trend: Families like group tours while youngsters prefer going solo

CHENNAI: Summer travel booking trends show that families prefer to travel on group tours to Europe and visit amusement parks like Parc Astérix (Astérix Park- France), Euro Disney and do river cruises while travellers in 18-24 years age category prefer to travel alone or in small groups of friends and prefer adventure.

The well-heeled and seasoned travellers are headed to Morocco, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Cambodia while budget travellers prefer Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. Easy connections from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha makes travelling easy and less time consuming for tourists from Chennai, shows a summer travel trend study by Cox & Kings. An earlier trend analysis showed there was a 30% increase in international travel for this summer.

Neelu Singh, CEO & director, Ezeego1, said mono destinations, long-haul destinations and cruising are trending this summer. “From exploring 7 destinations in 12 days, the discerning Indian traveller has finally arrived at exploring a mono-destination in depth rather than country hopping every few days. There is a shift in the travel pattern of Indians discovering Europe traditionally. It is a mix of the beaten and off the beaten path,” said Neelu.

“They are obviously going to visit the Eiffel Tower, but they will also go wine tasting at Bordeaux, take a hot air balloon ride over Loire Valley, camp in Corsica or enjoy a seven-course meal in Paris. There is a 20-25 % increase in demand for single country destinations in Europe,” she added.

Increased competition and value-for-money cruise and flight offers by leading cruise liners like Star Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Dream Cruises, Princess Cruises is seeing a hike in the number of cruise visitors. Many cruise liners are offering ‘freestyle cruising’ that suits the Indian market well.

Karan Anand, head, relationships, Cox & Kings said, “Azerbaijan is a new destination that’s getting popular. The Baltic countries such as Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Poland among others are also popular”.