Maldives amongst most desired honeymoon destination for Indians, survey shows

Maldives has been voted as one of the top destinations amongst Indians for their honeymoons.

According to a survey conducted by Indian online travel special Ezeego1.com, Indonesia’s Bali followed by the Maldives and Thailand are the top destinations Indians prefer to spend their honeymoons in. Other destinations that made it to the top 10 include Greece, Paris, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Scotland and Budapest.

“Indian couples love travelling to beach destinations that offer visa-on-arrival options. Unlike wedding preparations that involve family members, honeymoon is an intimate affair that most couples choose to plan on their own at least six months to a year in advance,” Ezeego1.com CEO and Director Neelu Singh was quoted in the survey report, as saying.

The survey was based on data on Ezeego1’s analysis of customer inquiries for honeymoon packages made online between January and June 2017.

India has become a major emerging source market for the Maldives’ tourism industry.

Official figures show that 66,955 tourists arrived in Maldives from its closest neighbour last year, a 27.9 percent increase from the 52,368 Indian travellers that chose the Maldives in 2015.

That growth is expected to continue this year as well, as the number of Indian tourists that visited the Maldives recorded a 20.3 percent increase in the first half of the year to reach 37,529 compared to 30,101 in the same period last year.

Maldives has also become a sought after destination by Bollywood stars.

Famous Bollywood stars who have visited the Maldives include Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Alia Bhatt and Priyanka Chopra. Bollywood couples such as Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, and Ajay Devgn and Kajol have also spent their vacation in the Maldives, while Bollywood couple Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora Khan has declared the Maldives as their favourite holiday destination.

Maldives has won several global and regional accolades for being amongst the most romantic destinations in the world, with the latest being included in an annual list compiled by Brides magazine of the 20 most honeymoon worthy destinations in the world. Surveys and studies analysing travel trends have also shown that a healthy majority of travellers that choose the Maldives are honeymooners.

Photo: Lily Beach Resort and Spa Maldives

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