Goa Now a Popular Tourist Destination in Monsoon Tooby Opinion Express June 8, 2018 0 comments
Goa, which was earlier known as the country’s popular party destination, has now beaten Kerala and considered as a top monsoon destination and a popular summer hot-spot till now for vacationers. By Team Viva
Monsoon is magical in Goa — or so feels the Indian traveller. The small yet scenic state of Goa is the uncontested winner in the top growth destinations category for the rainy season. Places in Goa like Colva, Arpora, Dona Paula and Cansaulim saw a staggering 156 per cent, 153 per cent, 105 per cent and 57 per cent increase in searches (respectively) vis-à-vis 2017. Goa, best known for its beautiful beaches and laid-back vibe, is a huge hit especially amongst the younger Indian traveller segment. Calangute and Candolim have also emerged as the top searched domestic destinations for the wet season in Goa, according to Hotels.com which has unveiled a list of 2018’s favorite monsoon destinations for Indian travellers.
To put the data together, the hotel searches made by Indian travellers for the period of July 2018 to August 2018 were analysed and the list of India’s monsoon travel hotlist has been developed on this.
The top 10 Indian destinations are Calangute (Goa), Mumbai, New Delhi, Candolim (Goa), Udaipur, Thiruvananthapuram, Munnar, Jaipur, Srinagar and Leh.
While Goa topped the domestic destinations, among the international hotspots were Bali, that was the leader, followed by London, Paris, Singapore, Pattaya, New York, Dubai, Bangkok, Santorini and Amsterdam. The fastest growing destinations were Phuket, which had an 89 per cent growth, Edinburgh with 72 percent, Moscow with 52 per cent, Florence and Mykonos with 6 per cent.
Not surprisingly, the top international destinations feature the immensely popular London-Paris-New York trinity. These regularly frequented, high fashion destinations continue to catch the fancy of Indians. This interest can additionally be attributed to the vast number of Bollywood movies being shot there. While Queen brought Paris to the limelight, English Vinglish showcased the life of the beautiful neighbourhoods of New York.
The fact that there are five short-haul Asia Pacific destinations on the top 10 list only corroborates the growing trend of travellers preferring to take short but multiple holidays in a year.
The top growing destinations bring to light some refreshingly new locations like Florence, Mykonos and Legian — showing that Indians are steadily moving away from the tried-and-tested holidays and want to explore fresh destinations offering new, unique experiences.
It is interesting to note that metropolitan cities of Mumbai and Delhi have surpassed several traditionally popular domestic tourist destinations to clock into the top three on the list. This corroborates the growing trend of staycations.
Themed around the concept of “staying in,” staycations are especially gaining popularity amongst millennials who often find it difficult to travel long distances due to hectic lifestyles and busy work schedules.
The states of Rajasthan, Kerala and Jammu & Kashmir are also popular for monsoon travel, with each having two cities feature on the top domestic destinations list.
Writer: Team Viva
Courtesy: The Pioneer