According to a global survey, seventy percent of women would rather prefer a female friend for holidaying over family. The survey was released by leading travel company Thomas Cook which has responses from 1,215 women who travelled with the firm.
The survey also traced some of the favorite inclusions in their travel plans which range from culture, cuisine, spa-wellness to shopping, said Rajeev Kale, president and Chief Operating Officer, MICE, Domestic and Sports Tourism - Thomas Cook India.
While the other thirty-five percent showed interest in outdoors, adventure, wildlife, and 17 per cent showed inclination towards solo travel with safety and security being the prime concerns.
Singapore remained the first favorite destinations for women travellers, followed by Thailand, Switzerland, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Bali and the USA.
“Financial independence has given strong impetus to this (70 per cent) segment. The Frost and Sullivan Amadeus Report too highlights a significant growth potential in women business travellers,” Kale said.
Kale also spoke on Indian women travellers, “Indian woman traveller has evolved from the traditional mother figure in family vacations to an influencer and is now emphatically both a decision maker and a traveller in her own right.”
A penchant for group-escorted travel was also found among 51 per cent Indian women. However, a large share of more than 62 per cent of women in metros preferred smaller ad hoc groups, sans tour manager, Kale said. In India, Goa, Andamans, Rajasthan and Ladakh topped the list of favourite destinations.