Because the South Asian superpower’s tourism is gradually having a huge impact on the global stage, India is the target of the world’s attention.
According to recent reports, Indians are anticipated to spend more than $42 billion annually on outbound travel by 2024.
India is the fastest-growing outbound destination in that region and is currently experiencing a tourism boom.
The number of people visiting India from other countries has significantly grown, according to records. Consequently, India continues to invest billions in expanding its aviation industry and establishing itself as a travel hub.
Improvements in India’s infrastructure and an expansion of its aviation industry, according to experts, are driving a significant portion of the country’s outbound growth trajectory.
By 2025, the Indian government intends to invest 980 billion rupees ($11.9 billion), in building and upgrading domestic airports.
The Noida International Airport, which is in the city of Jewar in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is one of these. The Times of India reports that when it opens in 2024, it will be Asia’s biggest airport and will make it easier to get to and from the wider Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) and Western Uttar Pradesh.
India has been working on their tourism industry over the years, and now it is beginning to pay off. It has more airports, and more infrastructure than it did a decade ago.
Under India’s regional connectivity program, at least 73 airports have been operationalized since 2017. In the meantime, with 59.5 million passengers passing through its gates in 2022, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport cracked the top 10 list of the world’s busiest international airports for the first time ever this year.
According to reports, private airlines, in addition to investments made by the government, are to be given the credit for the rise in outbound tourism in India. India’s government is making investments in airlines and airports to support industry expansion.
For instance, Tata Sons, an Indian conglomerate, owns Air India completely. The company announced earlier this year that it will operate flights under both the Air India brand and the Air India Express brand. Air India Express was previously merged with AirAsia India, Tata’s other low-cost airline.
According to a Tata press release, Air India is now the country’s second-largest domestic airline and its largest international carrier due to airline mergers and consolidation.
The airline has also taken other steps to make it easier for more Indians to travel. Air India placed an order for nearly 500 new planes in February, the most ever placed by a single airline.
The airline has also added several new routes to important destinations in Europe and the United States and increased the frequency of existing routes over the past two years.
Other airlines are upping their game as well, including Air India. Indigo, a low-cost airline, announced the addition of six new African and Asian destinations and 174 new weekly flights at the beginning of June 2023.
According to Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia’s remarks made in March at the CAPA India Aviation Summit, India has also expanded its airplane leasing program for both domestic and international routes in order to meet the growing demand for air travel.
Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia were the three most popular destinations for Indians in 2019. The top countries that Indians visit in Southeast Asia are roughly the same as they were five years ago, but the number of tourists has increased.
Experts say that India’s boom has come a little later than China’s over the past two decades due, in part, to the differences in their aviation industries.
Today, private airlines dominate the aviation industry in India, often competing with one another.
On the other hand, the government of China created and consolidated three main airline groups, each of which serves a specific region: Beijing is home to Air China, Shanghai is home to China Eastern, and Guangzhou is home to China Southern.
Prior to the pandemic, Southeast Asian tourists primarily came from China. China sent 32.3 million people to Southeast Asia in 2019, but India sent only 5.3 million.
However, experts caution that it may take “possibly two decades” for India to surpass China in terms of outbound tourism.