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Most Indian prefer road travel reveals survey


New Delhi: One of the leading bus booking platforms of India has published a significant study on the occasion of World Tourism Day, which maps the travel preferences of Indians. Based on interaction with a sample size of 500 customers, the survey sheds light on a number of consumer propensities with respect to journeying by bus, according to ANI.

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The respondents belonged to a diverse demographic and hailed from cities as different as Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. The survey revealed that if the duration of a journey is between five to 12 hours, 76 percent of travellers in India choose bus transport. Essentially, for shorter trips, road remains the preferred option across the country.

Of the customers surveyed, almost 60 percent were a part of a family with one child and 40 percent had two children. Transport choices also seem to be dictated by the availability of additional incentives. Apart from regular discounts, online bus booking is highly influenced by ease-of-use and loyalty points offered with 57 percent respondents marking ‘Offers and ease of use’ as their primary incentive. It has been observed from the findings that the respondents from different segments prefer to travel by bus when it is an overnight journey to visit their native place and tend to prefer bus travel because of the comfort and ease of booking.

The questionnaire also included inquiries about the participant’s personal details, such as age, gender and profession. 55 percent of the participants of the survey were private sector employees and software engineers who used bus for both short weekend travel to visit family and business travel displaying the high demand for comfortable and swift travel especially for short distance.

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 Further, the survey included questions regarding the preferred leisure activity of respondents, which revealed that 52 percent customers chose to watch TV and movies to relax and unwind during their road journeys. LCD/LED screens on seat backs, as is the case in many airlines and Wi-Fi-routers would, thus, be good additions to the value offered by the service to travellers.

Indians love to travel during festive season

New Delhi: Most Indians prefer to travel abroad during Eid, Dusshera, Christmas, New Year or summer vacations and youngsters are now going solo to explore newer places, a survey revealed on Tuesday, according to IANS. Solo travelling is increasingly becoming common among the Asian urban population which prefers to take quick decisions instead of a long pre-planned travel, said the survey conducted by Airbnb, a web portal for travel.

When it comes to international destinations, London, Paris, New York, Bangkok, Amsterdam, Dubai, Rome, Copenhagen, Bali and Singapore are mostly preferred by Indians. While for domestic destinations, Goa, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pondicherry, Lonavala, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai top the chart, the survey said.