Indian globetrotters among world’s biggest spenders

Indian outbound travellers are among the world's highest spenders
Indian outbound travellers are among the world’s highest spenders

The Indian traveller has emerged as one of the world’s highest international spenders, the Times of India reports.

According to data from Cox & Kings, the average Indian traveller spends INR300,000-400,000 (approx. US$4,510-6,020) per trip to the US, which usually lasts for 15-33 days. And for trips to the UK, the average spending figure rises to INR400,000-600,000 for an average 10-20-day duration.

VisitBritain’s Ritushri Dhankher told the newspaper that Indian travellers spent INR4.26 billion in the UK in 2014.

In France, Indian travellers spend less time (three to four days) but still spend an average of INR200,000-350,000 per trip, and the German National Tourism Office’s Indian director, Romit Theophilus, revealed that Indians spent an average of INR205,575 per trip in Germany.

Rajeev D Kale, Thomas Cook India’s president & chief operating offer for outbound tourism, commented; “India is one of the largest outbound travel markets globally. World Travel & Tourism Council’s Travel & Tourism Economic Impact [study shows] that the total expenditure on outbound travel in India was INR750 billion in 2013, and [is] projected to be INR1,605 billion in 2024.”

In Asia Pacific region, Indian travellers usually spend an average of INR100,000-200,000 for a four- to five-day trip to Hong Kong or Singapore, while a 10-12-day trip to Australia has an average spend of INR250,000-300,000.

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