SINGAPORE used to be the most preferred destination among Indian tourists. Now other destinations are gaining ground.
According to India Outbound Monitor, a survey by the Nielsen Company and Pacific Asia Travel Association, based on their most recent trips taken, the percentage of Indians visiting destinations such as China, Indonesia, Africa, Bangladesh and Macau rose to 38 per cent in 2010, up from 20 per cent in 2008.
On the other hand, Singapore's share has dropped to 24 per cent in 2010 from 32 per cent in 2008. For business travel, Singapore's share also fell from 25 per cent in 2008 to 15 per cent in 2010.
As a whole, Asian countries account for 76 per cent of leisure travel by Indians and 63 per cent for business travel.