Indians, Chinese big spending tourists


March 6, 2012, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.: 05 No.-16 Mar. 02-2012 (Falgun 19,2068)<br>

MUMBAI: Did you know that an Indian tourist in Australia spends Rs 3.37 lakh on average? Or that desi travellers contributed nearly $4 billion (almost Rs 20,000 crore) to the US economy in 2010? In a reflection of the changing global trend, tourists from India and China are increasingly acquiring the status of big spenders. Data on the average sums spent by a tourist per trip substantiates this pattern. In Australia and South Africa, tourists from these two Asian countries outspend those from the US and the UK.




Of all the countries that Indians travel to, it is in Australia that they spend the most per trip, followed by the US and South Africa. Data from Down Under is relevant as it is the country where the average spend/tourist is the highest, according to United Nations World Tourism Organization statistics for 2010. Average spend includes all expenses incurred on the trip like airfare, hotel tariff, food, shopping, etc.


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