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Agoda’s 2023 Travel Recap: Indians stick to familiar grounds, New Delhi and NCR domestically popular, Bangkok takes International crown

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As the year draws to a close, digital travel platform Agoda unveiled the destinations for Indian travellers in 2023. Domestically, like in 2022, New Delhi and NCR was the most booked destination on Agoda. For Indians traveling abroad Thailand’s capital Bangkok leapfrogged Dubai to claim the top spot.

The rankings with the most booked destinations on Agoda underscore a inclination among Indians for tried-and-tested destinations, showcasing a preference for all-time favourites that have lots to offer to any type of traveller and no matter how frequently they are visited.

Top domestic destinations (Agoda bookings between 01 Jan – 11 Nov)
Rank 2022 2023
1 New Delhi and NCR New Delhi and NCR
2 Goa Goa
3 Mumbai Mumbai
4 Bengaluru Bengaluru
5 Chennai Chennai

When it comes to international travel choices, Indians favour short haul destinations across the region. Chart topper Bangkok and fifth most popular destination Pattaya are poised to further strengthen their appeal, with the recent announcement of visa-free travel for Indians to Thailand.

The other most popular destinations for Indian travellers are Dubai in second, Bali in third, and Singapore in fourth.

Top outbound destinations (Agoda bookings between 01 Jan – 11 Nov)
Rank 2022 2023
1 Dubai Bangkok
2 Bangkok Dubai
3 Bali Bali
4 Singapore Singapore
5 Pattaya Pattaya

Krishna Rathi, Agoda Country Director, India, Sri Lanka, and Maldives, said, “2023 has been an incredible year for travel in India. Agoda search numbers reveal growth on all levels: Domestic, inbound, and outbound. Destinations such as Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia recently announced allowing visa free travel for Indians and for Thailand alone this caused a 26% search increase from Indians in the ten days immediately following the announcement. I am excited to see how this trend will shape the travel industry in 2024.”

Agoda, an established online travel booking platform, caters to every traveller’s needs by offering hotel and vacation accommodation, flights, and activities all at low prices.