Surge in Indian International Travel: Japan, Vietnam, and US Lead Destinations

Indian travellers are taking to the skies in unprecedented numbers, exploring new horizons and contributing to a significant uptick in international tourism. According to a recent report by the Mastercard Economics Institute (MEI), Indian international travel has seen a marked increase, with significant growth in visits to countries like Japan, Vietnam, and the United States.

Record-breaking Travel Numbers
In the first quarter of 2024, Indian airports saw a staggering 97 million passengers, a number that would have represented an entire year’s worth of travellers just a decade ago. This surge is attributed to an expanding middle class and increased airline route capacities. Domestic air traffic rose by 21% compared to 2019, while international travel experienced a 4% increase.