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This Unlikely Country Could Be 2024’s Fastest-Growing Travel Destination

by Staff

Summary

  • India’s economic growth and population increase are leading to a boost in tourism, with Indians expected to spend over $42 billion on travel in 2024.
  • India’s travel industry is booming, with plans to build more airports and purchase new aircraft to meet the growing demand for better aviation infrastructure.
  • India offers diverse culture, UNESCO sites, mountains, beaches, wildlife, yoga retreats, and affordable prices, making it a top choice for travelers in 2024.

India has long been a tourism draw. Its mystique, scenery, culture, history, and hospitality have attracted people to its shores for centuries. Seasoned travelers and first-time visitors to India can’t help but be blown away by its diversity and excitement.

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India’s economic growth since 1991 has made it a force to be reckoned with. Its rapid population growth has seen it overtake China as the world’s most populated country. The increase in flights to India, both inbound and outbound, is mirroring this population and economic growth. Plus, in March 2023, India announced a multi-billion dollar program to build more airports, upgrade existing airports, and buy new aircraft to meet the country’s increasing demand for a better aviation network.

India’s massive investment in its travel industry puts it in the running to become 2024’s fastest-growing travel destination.

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Fights to India on an Air India Aircraft
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Air India plane

Economic Growth and Prosperity

India’s steady economic growth is enabling more Indians to travel, both locally and internationally. It’s estimated that Indians will spend well over $42 billion on travel in 2024. Omri Morgenshtern, Agoda’s CEO, has labeled India as currently being “the biggest growing outbound destination.”

Skrift reports that 12% – 14% growth is anticipated over the next few years. More Indians regularly take short vacations within India, plus international travel, inbound and outbound, has increased. During the first six months of the current fiscal year, domestic passengers were up 7% on pre-Covid numbers.

Passengers, Airport and Aeroplanes

India’s Minister of Aviation is confident that by 2030 India will have 200 airports, with over 400 million passengers using them annually.

In February 2023, Air India ordered 500 new aircraft, the highest number ever ordered in one go by any airline. Air India has also increased its number of flights and routes to the US and Europe and is now adding new destinations in both Asia and Africa. It’s all systems go.

Why Visit India?

India has countless cultural, culinary, and historical attractions


The Red Fort in Delhi , India
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The Red Fort in Delhi , India

The reasons for visiting India are endless, but here’s a taste of what’s in store:

These are just some of the highlights of what India has in store for visitors.

Is India Expensive To Visit?

India is one of the most affordable travel destinations worldwide

Leh, Mountain view in the evening, Ladakh, India

Here’s a short breakdown of the cost of a trip to India:

Flights

Flights vary in price depending on the airline and the season. Budget for between $500 and $1,500 for a return ticket from the US to any major city in India.

Accommodations

There is a wide variety of accommodation available, from homestays and hostels to luxury hotels and trains.

  • Budget traveler – $10 – $20 per night in a hostel or basic hotel. Breakfast may be included. Example: Abuzz Oxfordcaps Shahpurjaat Delhi at $13 per night.
  • Mid-range budget traveler – $20-40 per night for a private room and bathroom. Breakfast is usually included. This price buys a room in a good hotel. Example: Hotel Tms Grand at $20 per night.
  • High-end traveler – $90-200 per night for a luxury room and ensuite bathroom in a boutique or heritage hotel. A gourmet breakfast, a pool, and possibly a spa and great views will be included in the price. Example: The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi at $115 per night.
  • Luxury traveler – The most prestigious hotels rarely put their prices online but, rumor has it, that staying in one of the best suites and villas in the country can set you back thousands of dollars per night.

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Transport

  • Budget traveler – up to $9 per day by train or bus.
  • Mid-range and high-end traveler – between $20 and $50 per day for a car with a driver. The cost depends on the kind of vehicle you choose.

Public transport in India gets extremely crowded and can be unbearably hot if traveling in a non-airconditioned carriage. Not for the faint-hearted.

Food

Food in most parts of India is very affordable. Even fine dining in five-star hotels fits comfortably into most travelers’ budgets. A meal for two people at a mid-range restaurant will cost between $10 and $40.

Hygiene can be an issue in smaller restaurants and with street food. If you see an empty restaurant, don’t eat there. It’s better to stick to high-end hotels and restaurants to avoid Delhi Belly.

The increase in flights to India, plus the investment in the country’s aviation network and the country’s irresistible charm and affordability, are set to make it 2024’s fastest-growing tourist destination.

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