Travel Trends 2024: Breaking Boundaries

Indians are travelling like never before. If we go by the latest insights from the Mastercard Economics Institute’s “Travel Trends 2024: Breaking Boundaries” report, it’s evident that the travel market is also growing. Its comprehensive analysis shows a remarkable surge in air travel, with a staggering 97 million passengers passing through Indian airports in the first quarter alone (January-March 2024). Such a figure not only demonstrates the exponential growth in travel, but also eclipses the total number of travellers witnessed in an entire year merely a decade ago.

The report sheds light on a thriving travel market within India, with domestic traffic surging beyond pre-pandemic levels. In March 2024, domestic travel surpassed its 2019 counterpart by an impressive 21%, showcasing a robust resurgence in domestic tourism.

Meanwhile, the report also indicated that Indian travellers are actively exploring a number of captivating destinations this summer (June-August 2024), with Amsterdam leading the pack as the top trending destination. Followed closely by Singapore, London, Frankfurt, and Melbourne, these cities have emerged as hotspots for Indian travellers, which are evident from the notable change in the share of flight bookings to these locales. Read on to know why these destinations are leading.

The picturesque canals, historic architecture, and vibrant cultural scene of Amsterdam lure travellers seeking a blend of heritage and modernity. From leisurely canal cruises to exploring world-class museums like the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam offers a rich tapestry of experiences.


Known for its futuristic skyline, lush green spaces, and multicultural ambiance, Singapore captivates Indian travellers with its diverse attractions. From iconic landmarks like Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay to culinary delights in hawker centres and Michelin-starred restaurants, Singapore promises a dynamic and enriching getaway.


Steeped in history and brimming with cultural landmarks, London continues to allure Indian travellers with its timeless charm. From exploring the iconic Tower of London and Buckingham Palace to indulging in West End shows and afternoon tea, London offers a plethora of experiences for every traveller.


As a bustling financial hub and cultural melting pot, Frankfurt entices Indian travellers with its dynamic blend of modernity and tradition. Visitors can explore the historic Römerberg square, admire the skyline from the Main Tower, and delve into the city’s vibrant arts and culinary scene.


Renowned for its vibrant arts scene, eclectic neighbourhoods, and culinary delights, Melbourne captures the imagination of Indian travellers seeking a cosmopolitan experience. From wandering through laneways adorned with street art to savouring world-class cuisine in bustling cafes and restaurants, Melbourne offers a perfect blend of urban charm and cultural diversity.

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