Mumbai, the financial and entertainment capital of India is likely to see an increase in domestic and international tourist flow, as a new survey of Booking.com has found the city to be among the world’s top trending destinations for 2017.
The data experts at Booking.com analysed the top 300 destinations based on growth in search and bookings to find the most up-and-coming places to visit in 2017. When analysed against wider trends, Mumbai has recorded increased volume of travel and higher than average growth in bookings, while moving up 10 places among the most searched destinations relative to last year. Besides Mumbai, the other top trending destinations recorded are Reykjavik (Iceland), Cairns (Australia), Savannah (US), Puerto Rico, Kyoto (Japan) and Jericoacoara (Brazil).
The survey revealed technology is fuelling a more demanding and impatient traveller. About 44% of travellers already expect to be able to plan their holiday in a few simple taps of their smart phone and over half (52%) expect their use of travel apps to increase next year, it added.
The business & leisure boom is well and truly underway. Of the 40% of global travellers who journeyed for business this year, 46% think they will travel even more for business in 2017. More than business suites and PowerPoint presentations, 49% of business travellers already extend their business trips to further enjoy the destination, while three quarters (75%) intend to do so the same or more in the coming year.
The New Year promises to see travellers unleashing their inner explorer like never before. About 45 per cent plan to be more adventurous in their choice of destination, while 47% would like to explore corners of the globe. Over 56% of travellers would like to do more independent travel in 2017, a trend more prevalent amongst those from Brazil, India, the US, China and Thailand. Top destinations where Indians can indulge their pioneering spirit include Indonesia, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia and the Philippines.
Mumbai, the entertainment capital and India’s financial powerhouse, is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India and the ninth most populous in the world with an estimated population of 18.4 million. It is the wealthiest city in India with highest number of billionaires and also the prime hub of Maharashtra Tourism. Mumbai is more affectionately known as the city of dreams. Being an ancient city, sightseeing in Mumbai is an absolute delight. Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus), Elephanta Caves, Kanheri Caves, Haji Ali Darga, Siddivinayaka Temple, Juhu Beach, Marve Beach, Marine Drive, Chowpatty, Film City, and Mount Mary Church are some of the popular places to visit in Mumbai city. Mumbai is also famous for fashionable clothes and imitation jewellery.