Nearly 32% of Indians willing to travel after 2020, 36% after 3 months: Zostel’s Travel Survey 2020

NEW DELHI: Around 31.7% of Indians are willing to travel after 2020 whereas 36% plan to do so this year itself after 3 months, as per a survey conducted by hostel chain Zostel.

According to the survey, 54.8% travellers are willing to travel solo, 23.2% want to travel in a group and 21.9% want to travel as couples. Mountains are the most preferred travel destination for 70.1% of respondents followed by 23.9% for beaches and 5.2% for cities.

Zostel said the survey was conducted among 1196 respondents primarily from the metros and tier-1 cities across the country and indicated that 63% of males are inclined towards travelling in the next 1-2 months in comparison to 37% of females. While the males have shown a liking towards mountains over beaches and deserts for travel, female travellers are more likely to choose desert-based locations over beaches and mountains.

Dharamveer Singh Chouhan, co-founder and CEO, Zostel said: “India’s travel industry might be witnessing one of the most challenging crises of all time yet we are optimistic for a better tomorrow. The travel survey conducted by our team gave us some valuable insights about the sentiments of travellers and the travel trends post the pandemic, which makes us confident that the travel industry will revive slowly and steadily and continue to strive thereafter.”

According to Zostel, the new travel trends show a gradual return of confidence of people to travel, with safety being the primary factor influencing the decision of 47.7% travellers. To ensure safety, 39.3% respondents showed their inclination towards taking their own transport for travelling. Solo travellers still remain the most likely to travel in the near future.

Zostel said it has been undertaking all the mandatory measures prescribed by the health authorities. The chain said it has instructed its staff to practice ‘utmost care and caution’ with all the materials and human touch points that customers are bound to contact which includes sanitising and washing of all the cooking ingredients and utensils that are used in the kitchen as per the methods and materials recommended by the WHO.

“All common areas are being cleaned and sanitized thrice a day, resulting in restricted timings for access. The right of admission to spaces such as the swimming pool and play areas shall be denied or given access as per the government guidelines only,” the company said in a statement.

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