29 June 2016 13:00:17 IST

Indians pick Paris as destination number one in Europe: Survey

Paris also tops the dream destination list for sightseers from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Singapore.

Paris has emerged as the top destination in Europe for Indian travellers, closely followed by London, according to a British Airways survey released today.

As per the airline’s ‘Travel Habits Survey’, as many 24 per cent of Indian travellers picked Paris as the number one destination in Europe, while 20 per cent respondents chose London.

The survey also indicated that nearly half (48 per cent) of the Indian participants were inspired to visit the UK following popular British movie series James Bond , while 42 per cent and 34 per cent of the respondents said they find their travel inspiration was from Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes films respectively.

British Airways conducted the research between February and March across selected countries in Asia Pacific and asked over 500 Indian participants about their travel habits.

As per an online survey, legendary English footballer David Beckham is the first choice (British celebrity) as a flying companion (32 per cent) for travellers from India.

Other popular flying companion choices among travellers from India included Harry Potter actress and model Emma Watson (29 per cent) and James Bond actor Daniel Craig (24 per cent).

“The survey has revealed some very interesting insights about India’s leisure and business travellers....The findings from the survey will help us to focus on making flying even better for our customers from India,” British Airways’ regional general manager (South Asia) Moran Birger said in a release.

It is the British Airways’ first ever ‘Travel Habit Survey’ for travellers from India.


The survey also showed that sixty-four per cent of Indians feel that the availability of family fun activities is the most important factor when choosing a holiday destination.

Travellers from India also said that they will choose destinations based on historical landmarks and if the destinations come with great shopping choices.

On airport shopping preferences, most Indians said that they liked to buy food and drink items when they are travelling (27 per cent).

The French capital also tops the dream destination list for sightseers from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Singapore.

While designer clothes and jewellery are close second for women (9 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively), male travellers said they liked buying perfumes or colognes (15 per cent) from the airport stores