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Losing its shine? Goa no longer big with travellers; Ooty, Rishikesh gaining points

Varanasi, Chandigarh, Tiruchchirappalli, Palolem and Nedumbassery are some of the fastest growing destinations.

, ET Bureau|
Sep 17, 2019, 01.34 PM IST
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Goa seems to have lost some favour with both domestic and international tourists.
With 2019, firmly in the second half and fast sprinting towards a close, it’s time to take a first look back at the most popular destinations of the year, travel-wise so far. According to a survey by Booking.com, the four metros - Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai - came on top in the first six months of 2019 for inbound international tourists. Not very surprising perhaps. But beach town Goa, usually a popular destination for foreign visitors, was conspicuously absent in the top 10 list.

In fact, even with local travellers, Goa seems to have lost some favour. Top picks for domestic travellers included destinations like Jaipur, Kochi, Mysore, Ahmedabad and Ooty. As per the survey, “For Indians travelling domestically, destinations like Amristar and Agra which were a popular choice last year during this time have been replaced with destinations like Coimbatore and Varanasi.”
Kochi was among the top picks for domestic travellers.
Kochi was among the top picks for domestic travellers.

The fastest growing destinations in the first half of 2019 were Rishikesh, Varanasi and Chandigarh. Tiruchchirappalli, Palolem and Nedumbassery were some of the other fastest growing destinations.
Rishikesh​ was among the fastest growing destinations in the first half of 2019.
Rishikesh was among the fastest growing destinations in the first half of 2019.

Commenting on the trends, Ritu Mehrotra, country manager - India, Sri Lanka and Maldives at Booking.com said, “India with a vibrant kaleidoscope of traditions, cultures and geographies is by itself a soul-stirring destination for both international tourists visiting India as well as domestic travellers travelling within the country. The market is increasingly growing, thriving with opportunities as a consequence of well informed and conscious travellers, wanting to explore newer destinations and accommodation options. While we’ve seen travel as a category grow in the first half of 2019, with increased digital penetration and social media usage this trend looks set to continue, with travellers seeking frequent contemporary getaways.”

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