Bali emerges as most preferred honeymoon destination for Indian couples
Maldives and Thailand remain popular; Seychelles fast catching up
Pune: Bali, Indonesia, is the most preferred honeymoon destination for Indian couples, followed by Maldives and Thailand. This was revealed by an analysis of customer inquiries for honeymoon packages by online travel portal Ezeego1.com between January and June 2017.
According to the analysis, Greece and Paris continued to remain popular while a new destination, Seychelles, made it to the top five, recording fastest growth in searches as compared to last year.
According to CEO and Director of Ezeego1.com Neelu Singh, "Indian couples love travelling to beach destinations that offer visa-on-arrival options. Unlike wedding preparations that involve family members, honeymoon is an intimate affair that most couples choose to plan on their own at least six months to a year in advance."
She added that Bali is on the priority list of most honeymooners. "Its sandy beaches and scenic beauty complemented with stunning luxurious villas offering luxury spa retreats and wellness programmes make it a perfect getaway for couples.
Free visa-on-arrival options and plans to increase direct flight connectivity will make Bali even more appealing."
Speaking about Maldives, she said that it is home to some of the greatest luxury hotels in the world and a preferred holiday destination by Bollywood celebrities, making it aspirational.
"Maldives draws the attention of honeymooners due to its relaxed visa policies, direct air connectivity from major Indian cities and activities like snorkelling and diving. Thailand comes third staying consistent in attracting couples catering to all kind of budgets and needs, while Greece and Paris remain evergreen and more affordable than ever with the falling value of Euro," Singh said.
According to Singh, Seychelles is coming up in a big way as an aspiring and emerging destination for honeymooners. "Air Seychelles has started operating direct flights between Mumbai and Seychelles five times a week and this has aided the growth of Indian honeymooners heading to Seychelles by almost two-fold this year," she said.
The analysis further revealed that Mauritius is famous with couples for its range of exotic stay options, excellent beaches, climate and marine life. Sri Lanka also remains an ideal honeymoon destination for couples looking at short haul options and affordable getaway. The analysis found that Scotland and Budapest, both believed to be romantic destinations in the world, make it to the top 10 preferred honeymoon destinations for Indian couples because of the favourable exchange rates they offer providing a great value for honeymooners.
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