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FCM Travel Solutions, a global travel management company recently revealed the top travel trends expected in 2017 by Indian tourists. They predict a surge in the tourism industry this year as people are now more willing to invest in experiences. Here are the top destinations and trends they believe will rock 2017 in the tourism industry. ALSO SEE Major travel trends for 2017 that you should know about  Also Read - Covid-19 Scare at Junior Hockey World Cup

International travel trends in 2017

Since short-haul destinations are proffered by Indians who do not get enough leaves and want to visit places that do not burn a hole in their pocket, the destinations that will see an influx of Indian tourists this year include Vietnam, Bali and Dubai. Also Read - Centre Issues FAQs On Omicron, Says No Evidence To Suggest Vaccines Don't Work On It

Unlike other holiday destinations Vietnamis mostly popular as a stress-free destination that offers Indians visa on arrival. Additionally, Vietnam offers a value-for-money package with affordable eateries and low exchange rates with a stronger rupee thereby making the destination the most popular choice for Indian travelers. Its top attractions include Halong Bay, Hanoi, Sapa, Nha Trang and Mekong Delta.

Another evergreen destination that is most likely to make place in the Indian traveler’s bucket list in 2017 is Bali. Bali doesn’t necessarily have a peak season nor does it need any occasion as the weather is always travel-friendly. The beautiful villas and resorts with breathtaking views of Seminyak and Kuta beaches are a complete game-changer for travelers looking for cost-effective accommodations. Luring tourists both for its serenity and culture, buzzing energy and adventure activities such as water sports and cycling holidays, Bali is expected to be one of the hottest tourist spot in 2017.

Europe, the prized holiday destination for Indian travelers, will be the favourite long haul destination, especially for honeymoon couples and solo travelers. The most popular trio: France, Switzerland and Austria account for a large number of Indian travelers, as observed in 2016. From sports activities in the Alpine Lakes to skiing holidays and to cycling, paragliding and hiking amid the beautiful mountain ranges, the European belt is expected to see an uptake of 12 to 15 per cent in 2017. ALSO SEE Travel predictions for 2017 by travel experts

Scandinavian countries (Norway and the Nordic Finland) too will steal the limelight for their mesmerizing Aurora Borealis famously known as Northern Lights and Nordic Walking. The spine-chilling winters, bundled in sleeping bags and lying under the magnificent northern lights is a unique experience and will continue to attract a lot of travelers.

Another interesting trend which is most likely to be hot in 2017 isself-drives. Self-drive holidays have seen an upsurge with today’s travelers wanting to explore more on their own. These will continue to gain great traction as the new-age voyagers are constantly looking for raw and authentic experiences. Apart from being economical, self-drive breaks allow travelers to discover new and offbeat paths and tread their own. With an adventurous and thrilling vibe to the idea of experiencing the trails firsthand, self-drive holidays are a hit with not just experienced travelers but also youngsters. The most beautiful and exotic getaways to trend in 2017 are Europe, New Zealand and UK that offer some breathtaking driveways. USA and Australiaare expected to see a fair amount of tourists too. ALSO SEE Emerging destinations in 2017

Domestic travel trends in 2017

India is a favourite destination for both inbound and domestic travelers. Coorg is set to attract large number of Indian travelers especially between the months of November and April. When it comes to evergreen destinations, Goa will continue to be in trend in 2017. Rajasthan is another destination that will be one of the top hotspots for Indian travelers in 2017. Rich in all aspects of tourist attractions i.e. food, culture, heritage, wildlife and scenic places, it has recently been highly popular amongst the youth with music festivals, the biggest one being Magnetic Fields, taking place in the state. Top destinations in Rajasthan that people are likely to visit are Jaipur famously known as the Pink City, Jaisalmer in the midst of the Thar desert, Jodhpur also known as the sun city and Udaipur which is the city of lakes. Domestic destinations saw an upsurge of 25 per cent in 2016 and we are sure of it soaring even higher in 2017.

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