Thursday, April 08, 2021

Almost half of Indians eager to resume international travel: Amadeus

Bengaluru: Almost half of the Indian’s are willing to travel abroad within six weeks of all restrictions being lifted post the pandemic, a survey by travel technology company Amadeus showed, highlighting the importance of foreign travel in the itinerary of the people who can afford it.

The study, which included 1,000 Indians, also showed that 93% of Indian travelers would be comfortable using a digital health passport for future trips as the appetite to travel remains high. 79% of Indian travelers would be willing to store their travel health data electronically if it meant it will enable them to travel sooner, and if it enabled them to pass through the airport faster with less face-to-face interactions with others.

“As businesses navigate out of the global pandemic, the future of travel looks optimistic. This study offers a clear roadmap for the industry, by acknowledging the appetite for technologies that can address the concerns of travellers, whether it is better access to information or reducing physical proximity,” Mani Ganeshan, head of R&D, APAC, Amadeus, said.

The survey consisted of 9,055 respondents who travelled abroad in the last 18 months in countries such as France, Spain, Germany, UK, India, Singapore and was conducted at the end of February. So the latest surge in the Covid cases, which are all but certain to push back chances of regular commercial flights commencing anytime soon, is not accounted for.

Over half of Indian travelers (53%) would be comfortable using a digital passport if it was accepted by most countries and was regulated as per international standards but the usage of that among the younger generation is expected to be low as many are worried about data security risks and lack of transparency and control over how and where their data will be shared.

08/04/21 Avik Das/Times of India

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