Indians booking Airbnb for international visits doubled in Q1 2023; UK, US & Europe top destinations

Indians booking Airbnb for international visits doubled in Q1 2023; UK, US & Europe top destinations
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  • Indians opting for international visits has doubled year-on-year in Q1 2023, as per Airbnb.
  • The US, UK and Europe have emerged as the top destinations for Indians.
  • The company has recorded a surge in people travelling solo and people travelling with their families.
International travel seems to be gaining momentum amongst Indians. Airbnb has reported the nights booked by Indian guests for international travel have more than doubled year-on-year in Q1 2023 as compared to the same quarter last year.

Data from Airbnb provided a lot of insights around India’s travel habits and favourite destinations, both domestic and international. The company has also provided its travel outlook for 2023.

“The strong enthusiasm we are witnessing for travel presents a remarkable opportunity to foster meaningful connections. It reflects the growing confidence and eagerness among Indian travellers to explore new destinations and create lasting memories,” said Amanpreet Singh Bajaj, general manager, India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Airbnb.

International travel doubles

International travel received a boost in Q1 2023, with nights booked by Indians more than doubling when compared to Q1 2022. According to the company, the United Kingdom, United States and Europe have emerged as the top destinations for Indians looking to travel abroad.

Domestic travel also receives a boost

Domestic travel has also received a boost after the pandemic, with domestic nights booked increasing by around 110% in 2022 when compared to 2019. Goa has emerged as the top destination for Indians, followed by Bengaluru, Pune, Delhi and Kullu.


“We’re committed to working closely with the government and industry stakeholders to support and accelerate the ongoing travel recovery,” Bajaj added.

International travellers visiting India

In addition to Indians opting for international travel, there has been a rise in international travellers to India. The US is on the top for most guests visiting India, followed by the UK, Germany, Australia and Canada.

Solo travel and unique destinations on people’s minds

Airbnb, in its 2023 outlook has said that “off-the-beaten-path” destinations or unique destinations have gained significant interest among Indian travellers. Additionally, people opting for solo travel has doubled in Q1 2023 when compared to Q1 2022.

“Moreover, there is a growing demand for unique accommodations that go beyond traditional offerings, with travellers seeking distinctive spaces such as treehouses, houseboats, and farm stays,” the company said in its report.

Family travel continues to grow

While there has been a surge in people travelling solo, people opting for trips with their family continues to grow. The number of people travelling with their families has surged by 110% in Q1 2023, when compared to Q1 2022.

The company has said that its stays are family friendly, and over 90% of its stays are equipped with a kitchen and 25% of the stays offer three bedrooms or more. In addition to this, over a million accommodations across the world provide cribs for young children.


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