According to the American Express Global Travel Trends Report 2021, Indians rank ‘most interested’ in future travel with 84% respondents daydreaming about travel at least once a week.
Compiled following a survey in seven countries across the globe including United States, Australia, India, Canada, Mexico, Japan and the United Kingdom, the report shows insight into consumer sentiment towards travel nearly a year after the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Insights from the report state that consumers are most interested in future travel, with 79% of them daydreaming about travel at least once a week in the UK, 74% in the U.S., 70% in Mexico, Canada with 67%, Australia with 45%, Japan with 45% and India at 84%.
38% of Indians top motivation for travelling this year is to go somewhere new. Indians also rank highest (87%), in wanting to be digital nomads – meaning someone who lives and works while travelling the globe.
The report states that the majority of respondents in India, 69%, are planning for one big international trip, while Japan (71%), UK (70%) and Australia (66%) are planning for multiple, smaller domestic trips.
91% of respondents in India are interested in choosing a trip or experience that supports the local community, ranking higher than their global counterparts. 36% of respondents across the seven countries surveyed, 63% in India will more frequently use travel credits or points to pay for all or part of a trip in 2021 than they did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Manoj Adlakha, CEO and senior vice president of the American Express Banking Corp in India says: “Amex Trendex highlights pent up travel demand and some behaviours unique to our market. 91 per cent respondents in India are interested in choosing a trip or experience that supports the local community, showing an understanding of the pandemic’s impact on the travel industry and their intention to support recovery.”
President of American Express Travel, Audrey Hendley, says: “Our latest global trends report shows that there is a pent-up demand for travel among consumers, with many people longing for and beginning to plan future trips. In addition, the pandemic environment is giving rise to emerging trends, such as the increasing appeal of working from anywhere while travelling globally, luxury being defined as more personalised experiences, cleanliness and privacy as the ultimate luxury amenities, as well as a growing interest in the environmental and social purpose of their trips and travel companies.”