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Indians Most Interested In Traveling Sustainably In The Future, Says Global Sustainable Survey | India News

NEW DELHI: The coronavirus pandemic may have hampered one’s travel plans, but it hasn’t stopped people from planning ahead where they will vacation or how, once travel is restarted.
Even as the UN’s World Tourism Organization said international tourist arrivals fell 83% in the first quarter of 2021 and destinations around the world received 180 million fewer international arrivals between January and March 2021, compared with the first quarter of last year, a travel survey. The aggregator Booking.Com suggests that the appetite for travel remains, and travelers are becoming more picky. Indian travelers, in particular, lead the world in their appetite for sustainable travel in the future, according to the survey.
Booking’s sixth annual Global Sustainable Survey covering 30 countries and more than 29,000 respondents from around the world shows that 88% of Indians, the highest in the world and only on par with Vietnam, have said that the coronavirus pandemic it has made them want to travel more sustainably in the future. By comparison, 84% of Colombian and Chinese travelers sought more sustainable travel options, while only 46% of respondents from the US, 43% from Britain, and 30% from the Netherlands planned with anticipation in this direction.
As new age travelers become aware of protecting local communities, the environment and biodiversity, the Booking.Com survey also showed that 49% of travelers want to recycle more, 42% focus In reducing food waste, 34% prefer to ditch private vehicles to take public transportation. while 33% avoid single-use plastic.
And Indian travelers keep up to date. Since 2020 serves as a crucial turning point for travelers to engage in their sustainable travel trips, survey says 94% of Indians think sustainable travel is vital, 74% want representative ‘authentic experiences’ of local cultures and 91% believe that increasing cultural understanding and preservation of cultural heritage is essential.
A vast majority of Indian travelers are also aware that the economic impact of the travel industry must spread equally across all levels of society, with 89% seeking economic parity and 63% admitting to being upset over the lack of of sustainable practices, such as recycling. in the places they travel to. Approximately 75% of surveyed Indian travelers said it is time to act now to save the planet, with 83% of Indians committed to reducing waste overall, 84% wanting to reduce energy consumption and 80% preferring walk, bike, or use public transportation. on private vehicles.
Indians have also preferred to take the road less traveled, with nearly 72% of respondents saying they will avoid popular destinations to ensure they don’t contribute to overcrowding and 98% saying they want to stay in sustainable accommodation when traveling this year. .
With discerning travelers hitting the road, travel companies are following suit. Booking.com says it displays more than 30 certifications officially approved by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), Green Tourism and the EU Ecolabel, and hotel chain sustainability programs, as well as encouraging their hosting partners to update sustainability information. “Thereafter, we highlight this information on our platform and ultimately make sustainability a transparent and easily identifiable part of our clients’ decision-making process,” said Ritu Mehrotra, regional manager of the travel company. for South Asia.

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