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Bali trending up to top 3 Christmas destinations for Indians – Skyscanner Report

September 6, 2018 OTA News No Comments

Christmas vacations among Indians is on the rise YOY, especially to short haul destinations and during long weekends. Skyscanner, world’s leading travel metasearch company, analysed user search data from January to July 2018 for both international and domestic destinations and found that Bali rose among the ranks to the 3rd spot, after Dubai and Bangkok, as a top destination for Christmas vacation. Bali saw an increase of nearly 71% searches this year as compared to last year. On the other hand, Singapore and Sydney fell, ranking below the top 6 destinations.

Skyscanner India Senior Growth Manager Reshmi Roy said: “With Indians traveling more each year, there is an increased demand for direct and connecting flights to popular destinations. With talks of starting a new route from Silangit to Mumbai, and with Mumbai to Bali flights happening thrice a week, Bali is an enticing option for Indian travelers right now.”

Check out the Top 10 Trending International Christmas Vacations for Indians

2017 2018 % increase in search
Dubai Dubai 25%
Bangkok Bangkok 29%
Singapore Bali (Denpasar) 71%
Bali London 48%
London Melbourne 35%
Sydney Paris 40%
Melbourne Auckland 38%
Auckland Colombo 53%
Paris Singapore 19%
Colombo Sydney 18%

 Best Time to Book

Based on Skyscanner’s historical price data the table below gives you an idea of when you can expect a fare increase or decrease when planning for a Christmas vacation this year. For Bangkok and Dubai, booking this September and October respectively may be your one chance of scoring a relatively cheaper ticket as compared to booking it a month in advance of your year-end holiday.

For those wanting to visit Bali, and due to its popularity, prices are on the upward trend for the rest of the year. Prices may dip around November, and you could potentially get a last-minute deal. To make sure you don’t miss out, you can take advantage of Skyscanner’s Price Alerts to let you know when the price changes.

Among the domestic travel destinations Delhi, Mumbai and Goa topped the list for Christmas vacation spots this year. The table below compares the searches from Jan to Jul for the Christmas holiday travel.

Check out the Top 10 Trending Domestic Christmas Vacations for Indians 

2017 2018 % increase in search
New Delhi New Delhi 67%
Mumbai Mumbai 54%
Goa Goa 37%
Bengaluru Bengaluru 36%
Kolkata Kolkata 43%
Chennai Chennai 30%
Kochi Kochi 11%
Ahmedabad Ahmedabad 56%
Hyderabad Hyderabad 39%
Port Blair Port Blair -2%

Considering the trends above, it seems prudent to plan and make the most of Christmas vacation deals you may get in this month and the next. So, get ready to fly this December.

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